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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 294

    Aron Rzheznikov (1898-1943)

    Self-portrait

    Price Realised  

    Aron Rzheznikov (1898-1943)
    Self-portrait
    signed 'ARON' (upper right) and numbered '5' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    16¼ x 12½ in. (41.3 x 31.8 cm.)
    Painted circa 1925


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    Born in Chernigov, which is in present-day Ukraine, painter and art historian Aron Rzheznikov studied briefly at the Moscow College of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and was involved with various exhibition groups in Moscow and Chernigov during the early years of Communism. Rzheznikov is primarily known as an art theorist who championed French Impressionism. He argued that Soviet artists should continue to build upon the achievements of Paul Cezanne. Risking accusations of formalism in 1941, he proclaimed that painting must 'convey content not only in the subject matter' but also through 'understanding the painterly means of expression, of the harmonious unity of color, form, and all elements of the art of painting' (S. Reid, 'Socialist Realism in the Stalinist Terror: The Industry of Socialism Art Exhibition 1935-41', The Russian Review, 60, April 2001, p. 153-84).

    Provenance

    with Natan Federovski, Berlin.
    with The Barry Friedman Gallery, 1989.
    with Foster Goldstrom Gallery, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

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