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Art of the Soviet Union

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Leonid Vasilievich Kabachek
1924-2002
SPRING
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1974 l.r.; further signed, titled, inscribed and dated on the reverse and bearing a Gekkoso label on the backing board
oil and tempera on canvas
198.5 by 108.5cm, 78 1/4 by 42 3/4 in.
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Provenance

Gekkoso Gallery, Tokyo

Exhibited

Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Store, Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Painting, 1975, no.24
Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Store, Exhibition of Contemporary Soviet Painting, 1975

Literature

Exhibition catalogue Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Painting, Tokyo: Gekkoso Gallery, 1975, no.24 illustrated and listed
Exhibition catalogue Exhibition of Contemporary Soviet Painting, Tokyo: Gekkoso Gallery, 1975, p.7 illustrated

Catalogue Note

Yoko Nakamura, the director of Gekkoso Gallery, first visited the Soviet Union in 1969 convinced that the country’s art must be worth exploring. ‘The music, literature and theatre of the Soviet Union are all excellent. There cannot be poor painting in a country where the arts are so highly developed.’ A year later the gallery held the first selling exhibition of Soviet art in Japan, these continued annually for over ten years and visited Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo. Nakamura was involved in numerous enterprises to promote the Soviet Union in Japan. She published a quarterly art magazine in Japan in association with the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Artists of the USSR, and organised a huge retrospective of Soviet and Russian Painting which included over 600 works from the State Tretyakov Gallery, including Ivan Shishkin's Rye Fields and Tair Salakhov's Portrait of Aidan.

An earlier version of this work was published as a stamp in the German Democratic Republic in 1969.

Art of the Soviet Union

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