WORKS FOR SALE

Mikhaylo Zhuk

1883-1964

Sasha and Yashka, 1928

watercolour on paper
18 x 18 cm

‘Two orphans, Sasha and Yashka,

You see in front of your eyes,

Shunned by all, loved by none,

Greatly offended by Fate.

They exhaust and manipulate all,

These cheeky chaps commit crime.’

15 illustrations (view all in our catalogue)

PROVENANCE

Private Collection, London

ABOUT

Sasha and Yashka, the short-form names of Alexander and Yakov, is based on the German-language poem about Max and Moritz, originally written in 1865, ‘A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks’.

This tale of two n’er-do-wells, the collection concentrates solely on the sixth trick, ‘The Baker’, where Max and Moritz are caught trying to steal from a baker, are baked in an oven and gnaw out of a bread loaf to safety. The denouement in the original poem, where Max and Moritz are ground to death in a grain mill, is radically changed, however, to reflect the theme of redemption if our heroes had taken a good communist path.

The date of collection, 1928, is significant, coming at a time when Communist Party propaganda was reaching its zenith and was a theme of many Soviet novels past and present.

OTHER AVAILABLE WORKS BY THIS ARTIST

Study for a Vase
Study for a Vase
Female Portrait
Portrait of the Artist’s Son
Asters
Chrysanthemums
Orchids
Roses
Cockerels
Study for a plate ‘Periwinkle’
Study for a plate ‘Apples’
Study for a plate ‘Ukrainian SSR’