Mikhail Osherkov - BRIC Theme Sale London Friday, April 23, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist in the 1990s; Private Collection, USA

  • Catalogue Essay

    This group of prints by various Soviet photographers from between the two World Wars was collected over the past twenty years. Vintage prints from this period are rare as most of these photographers worked for state-sponsored press agencies and newspapers and print files were generally purged every few years. In some cases the individual photographers held small groups of their work for personal reasons and it is from these photographers that these prints were collected. Prints were not available outside of the USSR, even though the images were seen by the general public through the international propaganda publication USSR in Construction during the 1930–41 period. After the war there were few opportunities for international exhibitions. Rarely has a group of this size of vintage prints been offered at public auction. (This group also includes Lots 254–264, 273–276.)


Maxim Gorky

c. 1930
Gelatin silver print.
28.6 x 23.8 cm (11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in).
Signed in ink, titled and dated 'July, 1934' in Cyrillic in pencil on the verso.

£1,500 - 2,500 Ω

Sold for £1,125

BRIC Theme Sale

23-24 April 2010