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Chistoprudny Boulevard

Art © Oleg Vassiliev/RAO, Moscow/VAGA, New York, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Chistoprudny Boulevard

Artist: Oleg Vassiliev (Born in Moscow, Russia (formerly the USSR), 1931–2013)
Culture: Russian
Date: 1992
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Image: 27 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches (70.5 x 41.9 cm)
Sheet: 29 5/8 x 21 1/8 inches (75.2 x 53.7 cm)
State: 9
Edition: 40
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Label Text:Rauschenberg Label:
These works are from House with an Attic, part of a series of thirty lithographs based on Anton Chekhov’s short story, House with an Attic: An Artist’s Story, in which Chekhov meditates on love, family, social propriety, memory and history. Oleg Vassiliev’s first fifteen prints depict his imaginary entry into Chekhov’s story; print number sixteen offers images of Vassiliev’s own family history; and prints seventeen through thirty reflect upon the history of the Soviet Union. Vassiliev chose to number his prints rather than title them so that viewers could imagine their own narratives.

While Cristoprudny Boulevard does not belong to the thirty final prints that comprise the suite, House with an Attic, it is number nine of forty additional unique prints Vassiliev created on the subject. It depicts a middle-aged woman walking outside the Cristoprudny subway station known for the famous monument that looms behind her of Aleksander Griboyedov (1795-1829), a Russian diplomat, playwright, and composer. The print may represent a comment on the anonymity of the average citizen in everyday life against the heroic backdrop of Russian history.

KS with Bettina Jungen
Object number: 1995.19.4