Pictured: ‘Bored’ security guard who ruined £740,000 painting by drawing eyes on it

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The id of the ‘bored’ security guard who vandalised a £740,000 painting in Russia has been unmasked as a warfare hero adorned for army braveness.

Alexander Vasiliev, 63, used a pen to doodle on the eyes on the clean faces of figures in Anna Leporskaya’s basic work Three Figures (1932-34), which was on show at Yekaterinburg’s Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre.

He admitted: ‘I’m a idiot, for what I’ve executed.’ 

Vasiliev, who may face jail after police opened an investigation for vandalism, informed Yekaterinburg newspaper E1 that he had been egged on by schoolgirls visiting the summary artwork exhibition.

‘To be sincere, I did not actually like these photos [at the exhibition],’ he stated.

Alexander Vasiliev (pictured), 63, used a pen to doodle on the eyes on the clean faces of figures in Anna Leporskaya’s basic work Three Figures (1932-34)

ORIGINAL: Artist Anna Leporskaya’s ‘Three Figures’ (1932–1934) painting

The painting was defaced by security guard Vasiliev, who added two pairs of eyes to the art work

‘They left a troublesome impression. I attempted to go by with out wanting [at them].

‘I watched how folks reacted, after which I noticed youngsters, 16 or 17, standing and discussing why there are not any eyes, no mouth, and no magnificence.

‘There have been women within the group, and so they requested me: “Draw on the eyes, you work here”.’

Vasiliev claimed that he believed the work have been the work of the younger folks.

He continued: ‘I requested them: “Are these your works?” They replied: “Yes”.

‘They gave me a pen. I drew the eyes. I believed it was simply their kids’s drawings.’ 

‘I noticed folks passing by, smiling,’ he added.

Claiming that he did not know the way a lot the painting was value, he stated: ‘If solely I knew it wasn’t these children’ photos and the work have been introduced from Moscow and so they price a lot.

‘What have I executed?’

He claimed he requested to go house quickly afterwards as a result of his warfare wounds had begun to harm. 

In the Chechen War, the senior lieutenant’s physique was riddled with bullets and he was not anticipated to outlive.

In 1995, he was one in every of solely 4 out of 36 troopers in his detachment who survived a ferocious gun battle. He was subsequently honoured for braveness.

Vasiliev (pictured), who may face jail after police opened an investigation for vandalism, informed Yekaterinburg newspaper E1 that he had been egged on by schoolgirls

His spouse Yulia, a Covid nurse, stated he was a ‘regular man’ however he might be ‘naive like a toddler’.

She blamed his warfare wounds for his motion.

But he has been criticised by the Interior Ministry for his ‘aggressive’ perspective throughout questioning.

‘He behaves fairly aggressively, demonstrating that he doesn’t like the entire course of,’ stated a supply.

The warfare hero stated: ‘I need everybody to depart me alone. I need to reside peacefully with my spouse.’ 

After the incident, the painting was faraway from the exhibition and returned to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the place it was on mortgage from.

Renovations prices have been put at £2,500 and it was reported that the company the place Vasiliev labored is paying for the restoration.

Previous experiences stated Vasiliev has since been fired by the personal security agency employed by the gallery.

Police have opened an investigation for vandalism, with comes with a £395 (74.9 million Russian Rubles) nice and a one-year correctional labour sentence. 

Speaking to Russian web site ura.ru, exhibition curator Anna Reshetkina stated that it had been the guard’s first day on the job.

‘His motives are nonetheless unknown however the administration believes it was some form of a lapse in sanity,’ she informed the web site. 

She defined that the guard used a Yeltsin Center branded ballpoint pen to attract the eyes onto the painting, and penetrated a layer of paint.

According to The Art Newspaper Russia, fortunately the injury didn’t too deep because the suspect didn’t apply sturdy sufficient stress to the canvas.

Two guests having fun with an artwork exhibition known as ‘The World as Non-Objectivity. The Birth of a New Art’ on the Yeltsin Center noticed the additional particulars to 2 of the three figures on the Nineteen Thirties painting on December 7 final year, experiences the Art Newspaper.

The work was then despatched to the Moscow gallery the following day and was inspected by an artwork restorer. 

The painting is being restored, the injury, in accordance with the restoration knowledgeable at State Tretyakov Gallery, could be eradicated with none long-term injury to the art work.

Two guests having fun with an artwork exhibition known as ‘The World as Non-Objectivity. The Birth of a New Art’ on the Yeltsin Center (pictured) noticed the additional particulars to 2 of the three figures on the Nineteen Thirties painting on December 7 final year, experiences the Art Newspaper

The injury to the painting and value of restoration has been estimated at £2,470 (RUB 250,000). Protective screens have now been put in over the opposite work and works on show on the gallery.

It is unclear how a lot the painting is value, however it was insured with the Alfa insurance coverage company for £740,000 (RUB 74.9 million). 

Artist Leporskaya, who was born in 1900 and died aged 82 in 1982, was a pupil of the famend, avant-garde Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. She additionally labored with different avant-garde artists, together with Nikolai Suetin and Lev Yudin. 

She is thought primarily as a grasp of creative porcelain. In addition to the Tretyakov Gallery, her works are broadly represented within the assortment of the Russian Museum.  

The Yeltsin Center stated in a press release launched on Tuesday: ‘We inform you that through the investigation, the particular person who painted the eyes on the figures within the painting by Anna Leporskaya was recognized – that is an worker of a non-public security group that carries out security actions of the Yeltsin Center. 

‘Recall that on December 7, 2021, through the demonstration of the exhibition ‘The World as Non-Objectiveness. The Birth of a New Art’ within the Art Gallery of the Yeltsin Center suffered a painting by Anna Leporskaya ‘Three Figures’ (1932–1934) from the gathering of the State Tretyakov Gallery. 

‘The injury was executed with a ballpoint pen.’

The Center added: ‘The work was inspected by the restorer of the State Tretyakov Gallery the very subsequent day and despatched to Moscow. The painting is being restored, the injury, in accordance with the knowledgeable, could be eradicated with out penalties for the murals. 

‘The Yeltsin Center avoided commenting on this case in scorching pursuit, as an inner investigation of the incident and interplay with legislation enforcement companies have been underway.’