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Dmitry Lion
UNTITLED [THREE WORKS]
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 1,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA

Dmitry Lion
UNTITLED [THREE WORKS]
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 1,250 USD
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Dmitry Lion
1925-1993
UNTITLED [THREE WORKS]
each signed in Latin, one indistinctly dated '68' l.r.
ink on paper

Lion served on the Eastern front from 1943 to 1952. It was the impact of witness accounts of the Holocaust and ‘that led him to articulate the spiritual beliefs and tragic fate of the Jewish people’ in his work, which became more symbolic and metaphorical from the mid-1960s onwards, combining Old Testament and contemporary history (‘Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change’, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1996, p.194). Large scrolls featured in his early work, but for the main part ink on paper was his chosen medium, and the light weird chaos of short strokes which incorporate faint lines of text, illegible letters and unexpected faces and figures and are immediately recognizable as his hand. David and Bathsheba are recurring figures in his work from the 1970s.

Lion was born to a Jewish family in Kaluga and his father was a lawyer and human rights activist. He lived and worked in Paris for a period but died in Moscow. His work has been exhibited in Russia and America, including at the Jewish Museum in New York, the Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.


Quantity: 3
ink on paper
Sheet, each: 8 1/4 by 11 5/8 in., 21 by 29.5cm
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Provenance

Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, Paris

Escape Artists: The Non-Conformists Online

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