8 June 2011
Fireworks on Victory Day, signed and dated 1961, further titled and inscribed in Cyrillic on the reverse.
Gouache and tempera on paper, 64 by 88 cm.
Bobyshov was primarily working for the theatre, what can be sensed in his cityscapes, distinguished by a certain "stage-set" rendering of space and quantities of decorative detail. Since the War, when the artist had been evacuated to Central Asia, urban landscapes occupied a prominent place in his work. But his eye-catching manner, elaborated over many years, underwent a change in the 1940s and 1950s: this could be designated a new period for this artist. Yet, as before, his work remained uncommonly stylish and recognisable, and has always been highly rated by critics and collectors.
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