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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Oleg Vassiliev
BLACK LIGHT
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Oleg Vassiliev
BLACK LIGHT
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Escape Artists: The Non-Conformists Online

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Oleg Vassiliev
1931-2013
BLACK LIGHT
signed in Cyrillic and dated '80-89'; further signed and titled in Cyrillic and dated '1980-1989' on the reverse
oil on canvas


In ‘Black Light’ we find a generic portrait of a Soviet youth overlaid with the shape that is short-hand for the Russian avant-garde of the 1910s. It has the feel of an archetypal mid-century passport photograph blown up large, the sitter’s features covered and identity denied at the same time as his pre-Soviet heritage is recalled. His direct gaze and lightly raised eyebrow conjure that aura of elegiac inwardness that characterizes Vassiliev’s greatest paintings.

A pre-emigration work, ‘Black Light’ is painted on a thick canvas and bears a Soviet export stamp on the reverse. The multiple white lines that comprise the framing technique is a feature of other portraits by Vassiliev, for example ‘Twilight'.


oil on canvas
Canvas: 49 1/2 by 37 3/4 in.; 125.5 by 96cm
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來源

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above in December 1989

展覽

Ridgefield, Connecticut, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Contemporary Soviet Art: Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism', 1990

出版

Exhibition catalogue Contemporary Soviet Art: Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism, Ridgefield: Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 1990, illustrated

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