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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA

Vladimir Nemukhin
CARD TABLE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA

Vladimir Nemukhin
CARD TABLE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Vladimir Nemukhin
1925-2016
CARD TABLE
signed in Cyrillic and dated '74' l.m.; further signed, titled and inscribed in Cyrillic 'Moskva', numbered 'N3' and dated '974' on the reverse
oil and mixed media on canvas

The playing cards which Nemukhin incorporates again and again in his paintings and collages are more significant than a casual viewer might think. ‘The leitmotif of gambling and divination are central to Russian culture’ as the art critic John Bowlt points out - think only of Pushkin’s 'Queen of Spades' and Dostoevsky’s 'Gambler‘s'. ‘As the 19th century lubok called "The Demon of Card Playing" tells us, playing cards is a satanic ploy that undermines social mores and unleashes sinister powers, and in holding up his cards to the Establishment, the sorcerer Nemukhin seemed to be fully aware of these connotations. In other words, what might appear to be an abstract painting, dependent for its effect on a formal counterpoint of textures and rhythms is, in fact, an intricate narrative charges with an ideological message that places it firmly within the Russian esoteric tradition’ (ed.N.Rzhevsky, 'The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture', 1998).
oil and mixed media on canvas
Canvas: 39 1/4 by 31 1/2 in., 100 by 80cm
Framed: 39 3/4 by 32 1/8 in., 101 by 81.5cm
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Provenance

Acquired by the present owner in the Soviet Union in the 1970s

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