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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    In this tragic painting filled with cruel nostalgia for a lost country and wasted time, the artist virtually loses control over the construction under the onslaught of emotion. Almost monochromatic, this laconic to the utmost work depicting a broken, dry, lonely tree is painted with love and understanding of symbolic mysticism; it would leave a feeling of despair if it were not for the saving light. “Summoning objects from the gloom, light gives them a measure of existence. For me, probably, the gloom is empty.” (Oleg Vassiliev, Windows of Memory, Moscow, p. 144).





    Faina Balakhovskaya

20

Broken Tree (Tarusa)

1994
Oil on canvas.
145 x 97 cm. (57 x 38 1/4 in).
Signed with monogram and dated ‘94’ lower right and signed, titled and dated ‘O.Vassiliev Broken Tree/Tarusa/ Paris 1994 [in Cyrillic]’ on the reverse.

Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £90,500

Important Contemporary Russian Art–Property from a Foundation

28 Feb 2008, 6pm
London