Oleg Vassiliev - BRIC Theme Sale London Friday, April 23, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York; Private Collection, France

  • Catalogue Essay

    "A metaphysician by nature, (in a certain sense his visual attitude to the world of visible phenomena may be compared to that of Kant or Schopenhauer), and concerned with space from the very beginning of his work, Oleg Vassiliev solves the problem of interpreting vision and synthesising the picture in a visual-spatial vein. As a result of his persistent experiments throughout the 1960s, he constructed a complex, visually abstract space which joins two inversely-symmetrical and spectrally coloured spatial structures into a single field of light. Reflecting the structures of the picture as such, this space is used by Vassiliev as an inner foundation supporting the whole visual layer, that is, all the visual images and fragments introduced into the picture which corresponds to reality. Like Schopenhauer's world will, the light energy of this space permeates and joins the objects in the picture,  breathing inner life into it, giving it depth and importance. The relationship between inner space and outer visual layer is the essence of Vassiliev's pictures, and enables the artist to convey his intricate and profound emotions."
    (A-Ya: Unofficial Russian Art Review, No. 2, Moscow/Paris/New York, 1980 p.29-30)


At the Seaside

Oil on canvas.
153.5 x 120 cm (60 x 47 1/4 in).
Signed, titled in Cyrillic and dated 'O. Vassiliev At the Seaside 89' on the reverse.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £91,250

BRIC Theme Sale

23-24 April 2010