Jerzy Ficowski, The Drawings of Bruno Schulz, Evanston, Illinois, 1990, no. 18, another version illustrated p. 65
Bruno Schulz was born to a well-to-do family in Austrian-controlled Poland. He was interested in the arts early on, and pursued his formal studies in architecture. Schulz was a gifted draftsman and an equally gifted writer; his literary achievements earned him the Polish Academy of Literature's prestigious Golden Laurel award in 1938. Beginning in 1920, Schulz began work on his seminal Book of Idolatry, which explores the themes of childhood memories, of often highly sexualized magic, of dreams, and perhaps most importantly, of the woman as a subject of adoration. The present work certainly refers back to the latter theme, representing the biblical Susanna (though modernized and wearing thigh-high stockings) who is observed by lecherous voyeurs at bath. Another version of the present work is in the collection of the Museum of Literature, Warsaw.
The work is an etching hinged along the top edge to the mat backing. The work is not framed. The work is in very good overall condition. The sheet is mounted to the card at several points verso. The left edge is very slightly irregular and the bottom edge is 2mm shorter than the top as a result. There are two points of foxing in Susanna's bed. There is very mild light stain. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.