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Mihail Chemiakin Large-Scale Oil Painting "Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrushka"

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Mihail Chemiakin (Russian, born 1943)
Петрушка Вацлав Нижинский (Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrushka), 1990
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower left
Titled and inscribed to the verso

Mihail Mihkailovich Chemiakin was born into a Soviet military family in 1943. His father had lost both of his parents and was adopted by a family friend who was a White Army officer. Chemiakin spent his early years living in East Germany, where his father was serving. They returned to the Soviet Union in 1957, and Chemiakin attended a partner school of the Il’ya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad. During much of the 20th century, Socialist Realism was the Soviet Union’s official form of art, capturing communist ideals and void of artist interpretation. Chemiakin caused trouble by refusing to paint in this style and encouraging his classmates to do the same, which led to Chemiakin being expelled in 1961. Until 1971, he worked various, odd artistic jobs including a short stint at the Hermitage Museum. Chemiakin helped organize an exhibition in 1964 that did not receive approval from the government, resulting in the firing of the director of the museum and all participating staff. In 1971, due to his nonconforming acts, Chemiakin was exiled from the Soviet Union. He moved to France and published Apollon-77, a collection of post-Stalinist art and poetry. Chemiakin continued to move about, including New York in 1981, but settled back in France in 2007. Chemiakin works in various media, but his notable work is a 2001 series of sculptures titled Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices, a monument near the Kremlin.

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- abrasions to the frame.


42.75" W x 52.75" H x 2.0" D

- measures frame; sight measures 34.5" W x 44.5" H.

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