Revolution - Perestroika
Property from a Private European Collection
Revolution - Perestroika
signed in Cyrillic and dated 88 l.r.
coloured pencil on paper
Sheet: 42.5 by 34cm, 16¾ by 13½in.
Framed: 44.5 by 36cm, 17½ by 14in.
The sheet has slightly discoloured. There is a crease running along the very right edge. Further minor creases can be seen in the top left corner, above the letter 'P' and in places elsewhere. There is minor paper skinning to the middle of the left edge. There is a light stain to the right of Gorbachev's head. The surface is covered in a light layer of dirt with incipient foxing visible in places. Framed and glazed. Unexamined out of frame.
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Erik Bulatov was one of the earliest of his generation to achieve recognition on the international art market, with several of his large-scale oils having sold for over £1m. The oil version of the present lot was sold at Sotheby’s London in 2007 for £198,000. He was honoured with a major retrospective at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 2006.
Bulatov's preparatory drawings for major paintings are often meticulously worked and are finished pictures in themselves. These drawings would be transferred onto the canvas before being reworked in paint. 'I feel pleasure and a certain sense of pride that I am using the same means as artists did 5000 years ago. I feel a close connection to these artists and this gives me a feeling of freedom and the necessary distance in relation to the social material with which I am working'.