29 November 2017 Russian Art Auctions

29 November 2017

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Letters “Ia”, “V” and “Iu” Masks, from the series “Masks”


Letters “Ia”, “V” and “Iu” Masks, from the series “Masks”, three works, each signed, inscribed in Cyrillic and numbered “1 (Ia)”, “4 (V)” and “9 (Iu)”, and dated 2001 on the reverse.

Each oil and gesso on canvas, measuring 50 by 40 cm.
7,000-9,000 GBP

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2008.
Important private collection, Europe.

Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by L. Nesterov-Rappoport, the artist’s son.

The first two works are letters No. 1 and 4 from the installation of nine paintings, each with a mask conveying a letter in sign language, which together form a phrase in Russian “Ia Vas liubliu”. And the third work is letter No. 9 from another similar installation, forming a Russian phrase “Ia tebia liubliu”.

Letters “Ia”, “V” and “Iu” Masks, from the series “Masks”
Letters “Ia”, “V” and “Iu” Masks, from the series “Masks”

Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.