ANGEL WITH EYES
signed and titled in Latin, numbered 1/8 and dated 1995 on the bottom of the base
enamel on steel
Height: 22¼in., 56.5cm
The figure is leaning very slightly. There are a few nicks to the paint layer with associated minor paint loss, notably no the base behind one of the angel's feet, to the tip of hair hair, to the edges of the wings. There are other minor losses and handling marks to the base.
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Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York
A principal focus of Bruskin's highly personal work is his exploration of Judaism and esotericism as alternative belief systems to the cold, hard rationalism of Soviet communism. In his quest for self-identity beyond the prescribed Soviet parameters he uses Kabbalistic images and his visual lexicon features a whole host of angels and demons.
This angel most closely resembles the hebrew prophet Ezekiel's vision of cherubim, with their wings 'completely full of eyes' and 'under their wings was what looked like human hands'.