Oleg Vassiliev, ‘Sketch for “By a Campfire, 1998"’, 1996, The Watermill Center: Benefit Auction 2017

Oleg Vassiliev was a Russian painter associated with the Soviet, nonconformist Art style. Vassiliev immigrated to the U.S. in 1990. Along with friends, Ilya Kabakov, Erik Bulatov and Victor Pivovarov, he belonged to a large group of Soviet artists that took advantage of the Nikita Khrushchev "thaw" in official policy that opened up the Soviet Union to Western culture. Vassiliev’s principal themes, which were born while he was in Russia, were his memories of home, roads, forests, fields, friends and family. Vassiliev always started his creative process from a very personal memory and connected it with the visual image.
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