VOLLEY OF AURORA
each part signed in Latin and dated 1984.,2008. on the reverse
oil on wood
Aurora: 25¼ by 42½ by 3in., 64 by 108 by 7.5cm
Volley: 37¼ by 58 by 1½in., 95 by 147.5 by 4cm
There is a layer of surface dust and dirt. There is a loss to the wood on the prow of the ship and the rear of the red chimney. Two hooks for wall mounting are screwed into the back of each part.
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Acquired directly from the artist
The Aurora is the 1900 battleship whose blank shot on 25 October 1917 was the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace, thereby heralding the Bolshevik Revolution. To this day a much-loved tourist attraction anchored on the River Neva in St Petersburg, her salvo came to symbolise the birth of the Soviet Union and was almost sanctified as such. Sokov's profane treatment of this sacred image proffers a reevaluation of this event and its consequences.