signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated 76 t.l.; further signed, titled, inscribed with the artist's notes, dated and bearing various labels on the stretcher
oil on canvas
Canvas: 18 by 20½in., 46 by 52cm
Framed: 24 by 26¼in., 61 by 67cm
Original canvas on its original stretcher with the artist's nails. There are very minor abrasions to the edges and some faint handling marks. There is a very light layer of surface dirt, otherwise in excellent overall condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no apparent signs of retouching. Held in a black frame.
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Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, Paris
Paris, Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, Weisberg, 20 June - 15 September 1984, no.16
Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Vystavka khudozhestvennykh proizvedenii XVI-XX vekov iz sobraniya G.Basmadzhiana, July-August 1988
Exhibition catalogue Weisberg, Paris: Galerie Gorky Basmadjian, 1984, no.16 listed as Composition architecturale
V.G.Weisberg. Zhivopis', akvarel', risunok, Moscow: Gendalf, 1994, p.130, no.513 listed as Six Cubes
A disciple of Cézanne's, Weisberg sought to express the harmony of the world through his painting. In the 1970s and 1980s he took this to its logical conclusion in his 'white on white' paintings, purging it of all extraneous elements: 'I can't do color. It is an eternal struggle.' explained Weisberg to the art historian Ksenia Muratova.