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ERIK BULATOV | Brezhnev, Soviet Cosmos

8,000 - 10,000 USD
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  • Brezhnev, Soviet Cosmos
  • colored pencil over pencil on paper
  • Sheet: 10 by 7 5/8 in., 25.5 by 19.5cm
  • Framed: 15 1/2 by 13in., 39.5 by 33cm
signed in Cyrillic and dated '1977' l.r.colored pencil over pencil on paperThe overtly politically works of the non-conformist artists were various in their critiques of the system and state, but as Andrew Solomon notes, Bulatov’s likeness of Brezhnev was an act of resistance simply because he was the portraitist (quoted in 'Space and Light: Oleg Vassiliev', 2014). The present drawing relates to the large-scale version of the same year from the John L. Stewart Collection sold at auction for $1.7m (USD equivalent) in 2007.


Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, Paris