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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, GERMANY

Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov
STREET SCENE IN NOVOROSSIYSK
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, GERMANY

Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov
STREET SCENE IN NOVOROSSIYSK
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov
1903-1977
STREET SCENE IN NOVOROSSIYSK
signed with monogram, inscribed Novorossiysk and dated sentyabr 1929 l.r.
gouache over pencil on paper
70.5 by 52.5cm, 27 3/4 by 20 3/4 in.
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Catalogue Note

In the late 1920s the newly-formed directorate for arts and culture ‘Glaviskusstvo’, organized trips for artists to agricultural and industrial regions of the country to imbue them with ideas on the development of Soviet society. In 1929 Yuri Pimenov was sent to record the daily life of the workers at a large cement factory in Novorossiysk. The country’s main port on the Black Sea and a rapidly expanding industrial center, Novorossiysk was bustling with activity and the atmosphere of the city struck a chord with the young artist.

Urban life and industrial progress were central themes in Pimenov’s work and he travelled extensively. ‘Travel will always be travel, be it out of town, in the suburbs or the countryside, or just inside the city. What actually matters is your state of mind and the perceptiveness of your gaze at that moment in time. A journey will always contain the excitement and curiosity of departure, but best of all is the joy of returning. For an artist, travelling is an exhausting, interesting and very hard way to earn their daily bread’ – the artist wrote later in his career (quoted in Yuri Pimenov: k 110-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, 2013, p.116).

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