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Maker(s):Vassiliev, Oleg Vladimirovich
Culture:Soviet (1931-2013), active in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the United States
Title:The House with the Mezzanine, No. 16
Date Made:1991
Materials:Lithograph on cream paper
Measurements:Sheet: 29 3/4 x 21 in.; 75.6 x 53.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2010.154
Credit Line:Gift of Joan Afferica, L. Clark Seelye Professor Emerita of History, Smith College
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Vassiliev arranged his old family photos around the central image featuring Lidia from Chekhov's story. One of the photos shows Vassiliev's step-grandfather Andrei Buznikov, who was a country doctor, like Chekhov. He worked for the zemstvo--the local government assembly--providing medical care to the poor. Vassiliev's grandmother Anna Mikhailovna, who appears in the photo with the three women, taught peasant children in a country school and, in this way, relates to Lidia who is also a teacher. Hence, Vassiliev's ancestors belonged to the same group of Russian intelligentsia as Chekhov's characters--a segment of society that would not endure the Soviet system.

Handwritten captions, clockwise from upper left:

o School for peasants
o "I value the most imperfect library or pharmacy more than all the landscapes in the world." [Lidia's words from Chekhov's story]
o Anna Mikhailovna and her colleagues
o Doctor of the zemstvo, Andrei Nikolaevich Buznikov
o In a hospital
o A. N. and his wife A. M. [Vassiliev's step-grandfather and grandmother]
o Going to see the patient
o From the family album of a zemstvo doctor

BJ, 2013

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