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  • 'I am attracted by the ephemerality in the painting, it’s naivety in trying to depict the 'truth of life.'' —Ilya KabakovIn 2013, four paintings of the same subject were made 'about sun'. What are they about? I have long been interested by the old theme of the relationship of 'real' reality and its depiction on the 2-dimensional canvas. In 'classic' painting, the creator does everything possible to convince the viewer that they are seeing the reality and it’s 3-dimensional 'realness'. Conversely, I am attracted by the ephemerality in the painting, it’s naivety in trying to depict the 'truth of life.' I understand the painting to be the thin film, like a light mark on the cigarette paper which the ray of light easily pierces, even if the marks are doubled, like in this series of 'four paintings about sun.' - Ilya Kabakov

     

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    • Provenance

      Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
      Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above in 2013)

    • Exhibited

      Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Paintings About The Sun, 6 June - 12 July 2014

Property from an Important Private European Collection

156

The Paintings about Sun, #1

signed, titled and dated 'I. Kabakov "Four paintings about the Sun" [in Cyrillic] N1 2013r.' on the reverse
oil on canvas, in artist's frame
169.5 x 263.5 cm (66 3/4 x 103 3/4 in.)
Painted in 2013.

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Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £88,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020