"Oxeye Daisies," 1973, oil on board, 15 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.
(40 x 45 cm.), signed by the artist and dated lower
right. Signed and affirmed on the verso in Cyrillic.
Oskar Rabin`s oeuvre rarely features natural imagery.
His early still-life paintings abound in the dour
minutiae of the life of a typical Soviet citizen, such
as dry fish or bottles of vodka. In combination with the
Lianozovo "barrack-style" landscapes these, still-lives
became powerful metaphors of a grim Soviet existence.
For the present lot, Rabin vacillates from his usual
somber manner to produce a joyful yet intensely charged
minor masterpiece. The oxeye daisy is usually associated
with "He loves me, he loves me not" or "effeuiller la
marguerite," game, in which by plucking daisies' petals,
lovers can determine whether their feelings are