Soldier and Animal
signed in Cyrillic l.r.; further signed and titled in Cyrillic and Latin and dated 1984 on the reverse
oil on canvas
195 by 130cm, 76¾ by 51¼in.
Original canvas. There is a layer of surface dirt. There is a scratch with associated flecks of paint loss to the right of the soldier's face and a further lighter scratch on his right elbow. Inspection under UV light reveals an uneven layer of varnish but no obvious signs of retouching. Held in a brown wooden frame. Unexamined out of frame.
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Acquired directly from the artist by George Costakis