MASQUERADE IN ST. PETERSBURG by Mihail Chemiakin
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“MASQUERADE AT ST. PETERSBURG” is an 80 color serigraph by Mihail Chemiakin. Do not confuse this with his less expensive lithographs. The image size is 33″ X 25″. The sheet is 39″ X 31″ The edition on paper is 130 + 25 E.A. + 10 P.P. There is also a smaller edition on canvas of 75 + 15 + 10 respectively.
The beauty of this piece is a result of Chemiakin using several techniques emulating the different effects achieved by painters over centuries using brushstrokes, sandpaper scrapes, charcoal or grease-paper impressions, stamping and crumpling wet paper, etc. His strong, thick colors are ideally suited to serigraphy yielding a distinctive beauty resulting from a wide spectrum of textural effects and areas of subtle color variations.
This print is in mint condition and it is exceptional in beauty and quality. This print, combined with “Woman with Pomegranate” (listed separately & in my eBay store) comprised the “Hermitage Commemorative Suite” published in conjunction with the exhibition of Chemiakin’s art at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg during October and November 1995.
Chemiakin’s serigraphs are truly master works, representative of his best work in the graphic medium. While he has created well in excess of 200 editions of lithographs, he has created only nine editions of serigraphs. His lithographs usually have 12 to 18 colors, while his serigraphs have 75 to 100 colors, and four to six times the image size in square inches.
Anyone wanting to own works by Mihail Chemiakin will find his serigraphs are by far the most beautiful and valuable in the graphic medium and have very limited availability.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mihail Chemiakin is one of the foremost international artists of our time. A quote from the Robb Report (Jan. 1995) states “so great are his talents that he is one of the few artists working today who sets the standard by which all other contemporary art is measured”.
He has earned 5 honorary doctorates. The Hermitage Museum held an exhibition in Oct. 1995 of such magnitude that a 7 volume catalog was printed for it.
In the picture shown with Boris Yeltsin, Chemiakin is receiving the ‘State Prize of Russia” for Arts and Letters. President Yeltsin came to Washington DC to make this presentation to Chemiakin, not for a state visit with President Clinton.
The next picture shows Chemiakin with President Gerald Ford.
The next picture shows Chemiakin with President Gorbachov.
The next picture shows Chemiakin with Sidney Poitier.
The next picture shows a scupture of Casanova by Chemiakin in St. Mark’s Square.
The last picture is of Chemiakin painting in 1978.