Ascent to heaven, 1959 Signed and dated ‘Simon Lissim 59’ (lower right) Mixed media, oil and gold paint on board 76.2 x 60.9 cm Provenance: Skinner, Boston, 20.05.2005, lot 458 Borodulin Collection All lots marked with the symbol are under temporary importation and are subject to import tax (EU) Simon Lissim is known for theatre set design, decorative art, china design. Simon Lissim was born in Kiev, Ukraine at the turn of the 19th century. He studied at the art school of A.S. Monko as of 1917. In 1919, Lissim emigrated, and as of 1920, he was studying at the art school of Reimann in London and living in Wiesbaden and London. He lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was closely associated with Diaghilev, Bakst, Benois, and many others. His work is full of Orientalist themes.