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Semyon Faibisovich

Good Spirits, from the Series Standing in Line for Wine

Semyon Faibisovich

Semyon Faibisovich

Good Spirits, from the Series Standing in Line for Wine

Good Spirits, from the Series Standing in Line for Wine

Semyon Faibisovich

b.1949

Good Spirits, from the Series Standing in Line for Wine


signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated 87 l.r.; further signed, titled, dated and bearing Soviet export stamps on the reverse

oil on canvas

Canvas: 144 by 125cm, 56¾ by 49¼in.

Framed: 154 by 135.5cm, 60¾ by 53½in.

Original canvas which is buckling slightly above the centre of the bottom edge. There is a horizontal scratch to the centre of the bottom edge, a further smaller scratch to the lower left edge as well as some minor scratches elsewhere. There is a diagonal line of craquelure across the hat of the man on the left and very minor cracks are visible elsewhere. There are drip marks to the jacket of the man in the middle as well as above the hat of the man on the left. Further smaller drip marks are visible to the ear of the man in the middle and above the eye of the man on the right. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals no obvious signs of retouching. Framed.


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This lot will be sent to Greenford Park Warehouse immediately after the auction.
Collection of Dr Bernd Bierfreund, Germany
Das Rote Haus: Zeitgenössische Russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bierfreund, Cologne: Wienand, 2000, p.89 illustrated
Bietigheim-Bissingen, Städtische Galerie and Bergisch Gladbach, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Das Rote Haus: Zeitgenössische Russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bierfreund, 2001-2002 

Good Spirits is part of the ‘Standing in Line' series which Faibisovich worked on during the late 1980s. In this series, the artist continued to focus on the mundane aspects of late Soviet reality, in this case, queuing for alcohol. While queuing came to define everyday life in the Soviet Union, alcohol queues became a particularly widespread phenomenon after the introduction of the prohibition law in 1985.


In Good Spirits, the sunlit view of the street stands in stark contrast with the dark-grey clothing of the male figures filling the foreground. While at first glance the scene appears cheerful, the men's unhealthy physique highlights its overall ambiguity. As Faibisovich noted in a recent interview coinciding with his retrospective exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery, in his works he is interested in conveying ‘the complicated, conflicting impressions’ which reality evokes in him. He is keen to render it all at once, ‘happiness, sadness, disgust and awe, beauty and horror – as it is in life…’