VERA MIKHAILOVNA ERMOLAEVA
Illustration for The Strongest of All by Leonid Savelev
gouache, ink and collage over pencil on paper
13.5 by 38.5cm, 5¼ by 15¼in.
Executed in 1932
The work has been executed on the reverse of two pieces of a gouache drawing which have been joined together and the edges are slightly uneven. There is a tiny loss to the lower right corner. There are two vertical creases running through the centre and the right half of the composition and faint vertical scratch by the right edge. There is paint flaking in the white to the right of the barrage balloon. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt with spots of dirt in places. The sheet has discoloured slightly in line with age. Held in a simple wooden frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame.
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Maria Borisovna Kazanskaya (1914-1942), from 1935
Alex Rabinovich, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
A.Zainchkovskaya, Vera Ermolaeva, 1893-1937, Moscow: Galeyev Gallery, 2009, pp.152-153 illustrated; p.180, no.833 listed
Leonid Savelev was the penname used by the writer, poet and philosopher Leonid Lipavsky for his books for children the 1920s and 1930s. He was part of the Russian Absurdist movement and associated with the members of OBERIU.