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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NORWAY

Oleg Vassiliev
VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ON A FOGGY NIGHT
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150

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NORWAY

Oleg Vassiliev
VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ON A FOGGY NIGHT
JUMP TO LOT

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Oleg Vassiliev
1931-2013
VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ON A FOGGY NIGHT
signed in Cyrillic and dated 91 in the centre; further signed in Cyrillic, titled in Cyrillic and Latin and dated on the reverse
oil on canvas
132.5 by 131cm, 51 1/4 by 51 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1991

Catalogue Note

View of the Statue of Liberty on a Foggy Night is one of Vassiliev’s earliest and most important post-emigration works. Encouraged by the patronage of Phyllis Kind Gallery, the artist emigrated to the United States in 1990 amid the ongoing political and economic turmoil brought about by the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Travelling first to Paris, he and his wife Kira arrived in New York, where for the next fifteen years Vassiliev would work and exhibit alongside his friends and fellow artists, Erik Bulatov and Ilya Kabakov.

As a symbol of freedom and one of the first sites seen by immigrants upon their arrival to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was a compelling subject for the non-conformist artist who was famously denied a state-funded personal exhibition in the Soviet Union. While his Russian period paintings are often interpreted as ‘portals’ into his most treasured memories, the present lot conveys the artist’s perception of reality as he encountered it on a foggy night in New York. In spite of the specificity of time and place, however, the New York skyline is rendered in the distance, its representation hovering on the margins between realism and abstraction. Enclosed in an organised geometric structure, the cityscape seems to exist in an ethereal and metaphysical space which invites the beholder to enter and contemplate it.

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