Lot 13: A RUSSIAN PAINTING OF HOLIDAY IN ARTEK BY BASOV, 1951
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ALEKSANDR GRIGOREVICH BASOV (RUSSIAN 1918-1980), Holiday in Artek, 1951, oil on unstretched canvas, 39 1/2 x 73 1/2 in ( 100 1/2 x 187 cm), inscribed and dated on verso.
Basov was born in Elma, Vologda pr., 1918. He studied at Ryazan Art College until 1948. Basov taught at intermediate school 1947-57. This particular painting represents very well the spirit of the Soviet epoch`s enthusiasm and optimism about future. It depicts the celebratory dance performance in Artek, a famed children`s camp in Crimea, which would host children from various Soviet Republics and it was considered a big privilege to attend it. The dance is the traditional Ukrainian one, which is also accompanied by the musicians playing a traditional Ukrainian instrument - bandura. Cypress trees and the Black Sea in the background reconfirm the fact that the depicted scene takes place in Crimea.