Oleg Vassiliev - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York; Sothebys Sale 6364, Lot 281 – 18 November, 1992. Lot sold for the benefit of the Fund for Democracy and Development in support of humanitarian aid to the nation of the former Soviet Union.

  • Exhibited

    New York, Eric Bulatov/Oleg Vassiliev, Phyllis Kind Gallery, 12 February – 13 March, 1991; Moscow, StateTretyakov Gallery, Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations), 30 September – 31 October, 2004; St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum, Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations), 27 January – March 2005

  • Literature

    N. Kolodzei, Oleg Vassiliev – Memory Speaks, St. Petersburg, 2004, p.116

  • Catalogue Essay

    I believe that Oleg Vassiliev is the most Russian of the Russian artists living today, because he does not just express one particular quality of Russian art but its essence, its very core from which the various qualities of Russian art spring forth. That is why his conceptual painting so easily and naturally accepts, and at the same time connects such disparate lines of development in Russian art as nineteenth-century realistic painting, landscape painting in particular, and the avant-garde of the 1910s and 1920s. To truly understand Russian art, one must understand Oleg Vassiliev. Eric Bulatov The compositions of O. Vassiliev develop like a photograph, bringing back the constantly disappearing divine reality, forcing the human optic, the eye, to acquire the mobility and gravitation of experience. Looking closely, focusing closely on the projected direction of motion turns into real movement, journey, immersion into elusive spatial-temporal layers where it seems that the path may dissolve at any moment and vanish into nothingness; but one more effort of eye/step - and the path shimmers and continues, its dimensions acquiring new degrees of freedom and new forms of limitation. Visual energy weakens, and everything, along with the potential traveler, vanishes into the russian morning fog in which one can easily lose one's way-or continue on one's way, immersing oneself into a hard-earned light. V. Patsukov, Oleg Vassiliev – Memory Speaks, St. Petersburg, 2005, p. 116


The Old Countryhouse in Puschino

Oil on canvas.
240 x 150 cm. (94 1/2 x 59 in).

Signed, titled and dated ‘O. Vassiliev The Old Countryhouse in Puschino 1989 [in Cyrillic]’ on the reverse.

£90,000 - 120,000 ‡♠

Sold for £216,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm