MacDougall Auctions 15 June 2007

15 June 2007

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Magic Walk

* 217. SVESHNIKOV, BORIS 1927-1998

Magic Walk signed and dated 1957.

Oil on canvas, 80 by 60 cm.
25,000-30,000 Pounds

Provenance: Glezer collection.
The Norton and Nancy Dodge collection.
Private collection, USA.

Boris Sveshnikov is primarily famous for his “Prison Camp Suite” (or “Gulag Art”). In 1946 during his studies he was arrested for “anti Soviet propaganda” and sent to a concentration camp for 8 years, where he began the “Prison Camp Suite”.

Sveshnikov never fully recovered from his imprisonment, and throughout his life he disliked publicity. Early in his career he would not even sign his works, regarding it as superfluous vanity. This partly explains why he is relatively unknown.

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