9 000 SEK
ANATOLI TIMOFEEVICH ZVEREV (1931-1986):
Lady in red, signed with initials and dated 63, watercolour on paper, ca 81x57,5 cm.
Dimitri Apazidis, Stockholm, inherited to the current owner.
Acquired directly from the artist.
Zverev was born in Moscow and attended the Moscow School of Art and Industry from 1948-1950. He was discovered while fence-painting in Sokolniki Park sometime in the early 1950s by dancer Alexander Roumnev. Roumnev saw talent in the young man and introduced him to prominent Moscow residents, notably the collector George Costakis who became a great promoter of Zverev´s work. A shabbily-clothed vagrant who was given materials and food by his admirers, Zverev was the subject of exhibitions abroad in Europe and the United States due to his supportive circle of friends. His first exhibition took place at the Motte Gallery in Paris in 1965. Life magazine published one of his self-portraits, prompting Khrushchev into banning his contact with foreigners. Zverev, however, received immense praise from his artistic contemporaries including Pablo Picasso and Robert Falk, and he was popular with a foreign audience of diplomats and vistors to the Soviet Union. Frequently disappearing and reappearing, he died unexpectedly in 1986. His outsider status in Russia accounts for Zverev´s lack of access to proper materials, so the artist worked only in what was available to him and produced works in a range of media including toothpaste and cigarette butts.
Zverev was represented in the exhibition Times of Change: Art of 1960-85 in the Soviet Union at the State Russian Museum in 2006, and in contrast to his lifetime, posthumously his work has been continually exhibited in Russian museums.
Unframed, tears and folds