Sima Vassilieva  (Russian, born 1954) Family Tree

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Lot 91
Sima Vassilieva
(Russian, born 1954)
Family Tree

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 26,000
Sima Vassilieva (Russian, born 1954)
Family Tree 1995
signed in Latin and dated '95' (lower middle)
mixed media on wood
130 x 70cm (51 3/16 x 27 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • Exhibited
    London, RTVI Office, 6 Pall Mall East, Sima Vassilieva. Retrospective, 15 - 16 May 2015
    London, Westminster Reference Library, Sima Vassilieva: Retrospective, 16 - 28 January 2017
    London, Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, Arbuzz J-Fest, February 2019



    Born in Ukraine in 1954, Sima Vassilieva (Slutsker) began painting in 1980s in Moscow. After much controversy created by publication of her painting Russian Banya in the magazine Ogoniok, in 1990, Vassilieva moved to Britain where she continued working in a variety of styles and media. Vassilieva's art is inspired by the traditions of Russian print genre Lubok and blended with the 1970s Sots-Art movement influences, while the central theme of her work is a collective portrait of Soviet people charged with political satire and humour. In 1990s, she created a series of works painted on wooden scoops called 'Sovok,' with an ironic reference to Soviet lifestyle and characters (in Russian, 'Sovok' is a colloquial expression of 'Soviet'). Painted on wood, the offered Family Tree presents a deeply personal lyrical survey of the history of two families, Russian and Jewish, joined together as two trees intertwined by roots and branches.
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