ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)
ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)
ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)
ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)
ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)
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Property from a Private Collection, California

ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD

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Property from a Private Collection, California

ERIK BULATOV | BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Sold:16,250USD

Lot Details

Description

ERIK BULATOV

b.1933

BEZOPASNO (COUPLE IN THE COUNTRY)


signed in Cyrillic and dated 76 l.r.; further titled on the reverse

colored pencil on paper

Sheet: 7¾ by 10½in., 19.5 by 27cm

Framed: 13 by 16in., 33 by 40.5cm

Condition Report

There is a faint crease through the lower right corner, through the lower left of the red rug and some minor creasing elsewhere. Some very light incipient foxing is visible in the sky. Otherwise in overall very good condition. The sheet is hinged to the mount with tape along the top edge and there is a piece of old hinging tape at the center of the bottom edge on the reverse. Held in a simple black frame behind glass.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, Paris

Exhibited

Vienna, Albertina, Kunst im Untergrund, Nonkonformistische Künstler aus der Sowjetunion, 1999-2000

Literature

Exhibition catalogue Kunst im Untergrund, Nonkonformistische Künstler aus der Sowjetunion, Vienna: Albertina, 1999, p.20, no.5 illustrated

Catalogue Note

In this composition the couple appears to be simultaneously occupying two distinct and unresolvable spaces - picnicking on a red rug in in the country and sitting on the red floor of a square interior. This visual contradiction creates a sense of unease, Bulatov challenges the viewer's lazy reading of a pastoral scene. To see is not to understand.


This work on paper is not a study but belongs to the artist's 'pocket' works. Made at a time when he did not have permission to take his large-scale canvases out of the Soviet Union for foreign exhibition, these 'pocket' works are concentrated versions of his paintings which is why they are so powerful.


The full-size version of this composition, and its partner Danger, are in the Norton Dodge collection at the Zimmerli museum.

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