Oleg Vassiliev - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, Phyllis Kind Gallery, Oleg Vassiliev: Recent Works, 6 November - 1 December, 1993

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Old Church was created in 1992 when Vassiliev was already living in immigration. The painting is filled with reminiscences of the past days in the artist’s homeland, of the semi-dilapidated churches, where time materializes in decrepitude, in crumbling plaster, in destroyed structure.

    Oleg Vassiliev's works are a poetical interpretation of the past and present life, the reflections about space, light and colour... As an artist - he is a lyrist that found his own style and theme. (I. Petrova, Oleg Vassiliev – Memory Speaks, St. Petersburg, 2005, p. 6) 
    The theme of memory is one of the most important for me. In a painting I wanted to include not only what there was in front of me but also the impressions of the way to the chosen place, what there was in the memory. (O. Vassiliev, Oleg Vassiliev – Memory Speaks, St. Petersburg, 2005, p. 22 and p. 24)


An Old Church

Oil on canvas.
91.5 x 60.7 cm. (36 x 23 7/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘O Vassiliev 92 [in Cyrillic]' lower right; signed, titled and dated ‘O. Vassiliev "An Old Church” (in Prudkach) 1992’ on the reverse.

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £87,650

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm