Oleg Vassiliev: Paintings 1967 – 2012 at the Faggionato Gallery

Oleg Vassiliev: Paintings 1967 – 2012, until 17th January 2014, Faggionato Gallery, 1st Floor, 49 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JR

Welcome 2012 Oil on canvas Signed, dated and titled on reverse O. Vassiliev I/XII, “Welcome” 152.4 x 119.4 cm (60 x 47 in)

Welcome 2012
Oil on canvas
Signed, dated and titled on reverse O. Vassiliev
I/XII, “Welcome”
152.4 x 119.4 cm (60 x 47 in)

In 2008 Faggianato held Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev’s first major show in London and now hold a retrospective that celebrates his life and includes some of his last works.  He died in January this year.

Praire Grasses, Reflections 2012 Oil on canvas 182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in)

Praire Grasses, Reflections 2012
Oil on canvas
182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in)

His works certainly do not conform to the State’s idea of Socialist Realism and he was considered to be one of the leading exponents of the Soviet Non-Conformist Art Movement (the “unofficial” Russian Art Movement) which emerged in the 1960s.

The Aisle 2004 Oil on canvas Signed, titled, dated and inscribed on reverse O. Vassiliev, “The Aisle” 2004, | Study | 71.1 x 61 cm (28 x 24 in)

The Aisle 2004
Oil on canvas
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed on reverse O.
Vassiliev, “The Aisle” 2004, | Study |
71.1 x 61 cm (28 x 24 in)

The paintings, which include some (Lusja with Tulips, 1967 and The Aisle, 2004) which are being exhibited for the first time, are a mixture of the Russian early 20th century Avant Garde and the lyrical realism of the previous century.  They are a fusion of almost abstract light and realism – “the light of consciousness”. There is a sense of looking back combined with a feeling of looking forward; a spirit of hope imbues them.

Lusja with Tulips 1967 Oil on canvas Signed, titled and dated on reverse in Russian 100 x 79.5 cm (40 2/5 x 31 3/10 in)

Lusja with Tulips 1967
Oil on canvas
Signed, titled and dated on reverse in Russian
100 x 79.5 cm (40 2/5 x 31 3/10 in)

The artist himself said “To me, the visible and tangible world is more a thing of remembrance than of perception of reality.”

Intertwined Space 2012 Oil on canvas 182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in)

Intertwined Space 2012
Oil on canvas
182.9 x 182.9 cm (72 x 72 in)

One thing is certain in my mind and that is that this a show worth seeing.

Space and Landscape 1994 Oil on canvas Signed, titled and dated on reverse O. Vassiliev, “Space and Landscape”, 1994 121.9 x 91.4 cm (48 x 36 in)

Space and Landscape 1994
Oil on canvas
Signed, titled and dated on reverse O. Vassiliev,
“Space and Landscape”, 1994
121.9 x 91.4 cm (48 x 36 in)

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