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. The retail list price is $3,750.00. This print, combined with “WOMAN WITH POMEGRANATE” (shown 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 100 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.
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.