Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Erik Bulatov, Oleg Vassilyev, March - February 1991, p. 17, illustrated
Karen Thomson, Ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal 2015, cat. no. 133, p. 128, illustrated in color
"To me, the visible and tangible world is more a thing of remembrance than of perceptions of reality. The present is saturated with the past as a live sponge is saturated with water: through the workings of memory, light comes from the past and illuminates, snatches out of the dark that which is not of this moment. That light is the very essence of remembrance...The deeper one delves into the past, the more powerful the stream of light. And somewhere over there, beyond the boundaries of the discernible, it turns into a river of golden light. In that river my life drowns, and everything that was before lives." Oleg Vassiliev
This work is in very good condition overall. There is minor evidence of wear and handling to the edges. In the lower right quadrant there is a 9 in. horizontal canvas line visible under close inspection, inherent to the weave of the canvas. There is evidence of abrasions on the left side. Under Ultraviolet inspection, the left edge of the canvas fluoresces darkly but is not the result of restoration. Unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.