Still life with green apples signed in Cyrillic and dated '61' (upper right) oil on canvas 53.5 x 99.7cm (21 1/16 x 39 1/4in). unframed
PROVENANCE: Purchased by Vadim and Olga Andreyev on one of their early trips to the USSR in the 1960s Gifted to Olga Andreyeva Carlisle, daughter of the above
Vadim, eldest son of Leonid Andreyev and father of Olga Andreyeva Carlise, lived in Geneva during the 1960s and worked in the UN Secretariat, although he never gave up his Soviet passport. His unique situation allowed him to publish his poetry in the literary journal Zvezda and to write a memoir, Detsvo, published to very large acclaim in the USSR. Both he and Olga knew and supported Weisberg and the present lot hung in their Geneva apartment on rue Schaub and was given to their daughter Olga Andreyeva Carlisle.
The offered lot is predominantly informed by shape, colour and tone. The items in the painting appear to be self-contained entities as opposed to mere 'objects'. The apples, instead of casting shadow on the white cloth, emanate their colour onto it, while the surface on which the apples are placed appears to co-exist with the background rather than extend into it. Weisberg imbues the concept of 'still life' with philosophical overtones discrete from the generic expectation of realistic portrayal. In spite of the right angles and rectangles which predominate, there is something of the concentric about Still life with green apples, drawing the eye to the luminous green orbs in the centre of the painting.