HENRY ELINSON (Listed California/Russia 1935-2010). Modernist AVANT-GARDE Nudes Figural Pastel, 1996, 38" x 50" (framed size: 39-1/2" x 51-1/2") signed/dated lower right. Provenance: Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St, San Francisco, CA. Price was approximately $5000.00 at gallery. CONDITION: We have inspected this out of frame and it is in excellent condition; the plexi-glass has some scratches”
Elinson was born in 1935 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied philosophy and pedagogy, worked for many years as a speech therapist with mentally handicapped children, but by 1960’s had become consumed with art. He became a key member of the first unofficial, nonconformist art circles and avant-garde exhibitions of the Soviet underground and was questioned and blacklisted by the KGB. No longer able to exhibit his work, he immigrated to USA in 1973. He worked at Yale University and taught Russian for many years at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. All the while, he worked relentlessly as an artist, pursuing his unique, uncompromising vision in graphic art.
Elinson’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Banakh Gallery (with Mikhail Chemiakin), Nakhamkin, Paule Anglim, and other galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Washington, Paris, Milan, Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Tokyo. He was awarded a Gold Medal in Art Achievement by the city of Milan, and his work is held in various public and private collections including Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, University Art Museum, Berkeley, Yale University Gallery, Monterey Museum of Art, Bochum Museum (Germany), Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg), and Museum of Nonconformist Art (St. Petersburg). His work has received reviews by Naum Gabo and other prominent critics and artists in national and international publications including Artforum, Artweek, and Washington Post.
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