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MIKHAIL CHEMIAKIN | The Fall of Icarus

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18,000 - 25,000 USD
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Description

  • Mikhail Chemiakin
  • The Fall of Icarus
  • gouache, ink and watercolor on paper, mounted on canvas
  • Canvas: 92 1/2 by 65in., 235 by 165cm
signed in Latin, inscribed 'Paris' and dated 78 in various places; further signed and dated '1979' on the stretcher gouache, ink and watercolor on paper, mounted on canvasThis monumental composition gives the impression of a rich and complex tapestry. Something about the density and the even application of paint in Chemiakin’s watercolors given them a velvety texture that is satisfying and beautiful. The semi-figurative, semi-alien forms and creatures are just recognizable enough to tease out associations at the very edge of our consciousness and imagination.

Provenance

Donated to the present owner in 1985

Exhibited

New York,  Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, 'The Exhibition of Three: Mihail Chemiakin, Oleg Tselkovi, Ernst Neizvestny', 21 March - 20 April 1979 
São Paulo, Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Mihail Chemiakin, obras 1965-1980', 1980

 

Literature

Exhibition catalogue 'The Exhibition of Three: Mihail Chemiakin, Oleg Tselkovi, Ernst Neizvestny', New York: Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, 1979, illustrated
Exhibition catalogue 'Mihail Chemiakin, obras 1965-1980', Museu de Arte de São Paulo, 1980, p.40 illustrated
'Mihail Chemiakin: Volume 1', Mosaic Press, 1986, p.486 illustrated
'Mihail Chemiakin', vol.1, St Petersburg: Azbuka, 2014, p.31, no.26 illustrated
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