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Vladimir Petrov-Gladky (b. 1948) and Vasily Sitnikov (1915-1987)
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Vladimir Petrov-Gladky (b. 1948) and Vasily Sitnikov (1915-1987)

Release Vasia to the moon

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Vladimir Petrov-Gladky (b. 1948) and Vasily Sitnikov (1915-1987)
Release Vasia to the moon
signed in Cyrillic, inscribed in Russian and dated 'This picture was painted in September-October 1975 influenced by the news that Vasily Sitnikov was moving to the West. At first the professor did not like the painting so he improved and repainted the following: the crow, the wires, the moon, the legs and the face of the self-portrait; after completing this he signed the painting/I came up with the title of the painting myself: 'Let Vasia go to the moon'/Petrov Vladimir/Nikolaevich/Gladkii'/Moscow/Vasily Iakovlevich/Sitnikov/Vienna, Rome, Paris' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
31¼ x 23½ in. (79.5 x 59.8 cm.)
Provenance
Acquired by the present owner in Moscow in 1976.
Literature
K. Kuzminsky (ed.), Zhitie Vasil' Iaklicha Sitnikova, napisannoe i narisovannoe im samim [The life of Vasily Iaklich Sitnikov painted and written by himself], 2009, visible in a photograph p. [286].

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