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Boris Sveshnikov
1927-1998
SCENE AT THE STAIRCASE
ink on paper


Boris Sveshnikov spent over eight years in a labor camp having been falsely convicted of engaging in terrorist activity at the age 19. He felled trees and dug trenches until a friend managed to get him a job as a night watchman in a carpentry workshop. His pen and ink drawings from this period are both incredibly skillful and haunting, with lonely figures in barren landscapes. Though elements of Gulag life are identifiable, comical and mysterious scenarios force the viewer to question the reality and the meaning of what is being portrayed: they reflect the world of the camp at the same time as providing a form of escapism. In 1954 he was released and continued painting and drawing in the fantastic realist style that he had developed during his internment.
ink on paper
Sheet: 11 1/4 by 17in., 31 by 43cm
Framed: 17 1/2 by 23 1/2 in., 44.5 by 60cm
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Acquired directly from the artist's estate by the present owner in 2003

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