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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Mikhail Chemiakin
METAPHYSICAL HEAD / THE WOUNDED SOLDIER
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Mikhail Chemiakin
METAPHYSICAL HEAD / THE WOUNDED SOLDIER
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Mikhail Chemiakin
B.1943
METAPHYSICAL HEAD / THE WOUNDED SOLDIER
signed in Latin and dated '1982' l.r.; further signed and inscribed in Latin, titled in Cyrillic and dated '1982' on the reverse
oil on canvas

A born disruptor, when he was 18 years old Mikhail Chemiakin was expelled from art school in Leningrad for straying from the Socialist Realist code, and three years later was involved in putting together an exhibition at the Hermitage which was so badly received that even the museum director was fired. He was given forced psychiatric treatment and then in 1971, expelled from the country. He lived in France in the 1970s and moved to New York in 1981. In 1989 as an American citizen he was asked back to the Soviet Union to exhibit, one of the first of his generation to receive such an invitation.

This monumental portrait was painted in New York and is a superb example of the style he termed ‘Metaphysical Synthesis’, a reworking of the traditions connected with religious art and in particular icon-painting.


oil on canvas
Canvas: 76 1/4 by 52 1/2 in., 194 by 133cm
Framed: 83 1/2 by 59in., 212 by 150cm
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1988

Catalogue Note

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