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SEMYON FAIBISOVICH | THE LITTLE FUNNY PEOPLE FROM THE NEGATIVES CYCLE

Property from a Private Collection, United States

SEMYON FAIBISOVICH | THE LITTLE FUNNY PEOPLE FROM THE NEGATIVES CYCLE

SEMYON FAIBISOVICH | THE LITTLE FUNNY PEOPLE FROM THE NEGATIVES CYCLE

Property from a Private Collection, United States

SEMYON FAIBISOVICH

b.1949

THE LITTLE FUNNY PEOPLE FROM THE NEGATIVES CYCLE


signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated 90 l.l.; further signed and titled in Latin and dated on the reverse

oil on canvas

Canvas: 150cm by 200cm, 59 by 78¾in.

Framed: 154 by 203.5cm, 60½ by 80¼in.


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Original canvas. There is a small area with several minor dents to the top of the right wardrobe door in the upper left quadrant. Several minor scratches are visible on the wall between the painting and the lamp towards the centre of the composition. There are very minor abrasions with associated losses in places along the edges, most noticeably in the lower left corner. Minor scuff marks are visible in the lower left corner and along the bottom of the left edge. There is a light layer of surface dirt with a few scattered fly specks in places. Inspection under UV light reveals very minor retouching to the aforementioned scratches. Framed.


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Regina Gallery, Moscow

After graduating from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1972, Semyon Faibisovich began his official career as an architect. This enabled the artist to pursue his underground artistic career in parallel. In 1976, he started showing his paintings in the basements of the Graphic Artists City Committee on Malaya Gruzinskaya Street where, in 1985, his work caught the attention of dealers from New York. Within two years, his paintings were being widely exhibited in the USA and Western Europe and eventually in his native Russia. In 2019 the Tretyakov Gallery was the first museum to hold a major exhibition of his work which coincided with his 70th birthday.


The present lot belongs to the Negatives cycle, created in New York between 1988 and 1990, which mirrors the artist’s strange and novel experiences in America, as seen through a photographic negative. In the painting we can recognise the artist beside Phyllis Kind, his visionary New York dealer.