Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris Private Collection Paris, Pierre Bergé & Associés, 9 December 2014, Lot 52 Private Collection Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke Acquired from the above by the present owner
“In Basquiat’s paintings, boys never become men, they become skeletons and skulls. Presence is expressed as absence - whether it’s in the spectral bodies and disembodied skulls he paints or the words he crosses out. Basquiat is obsessed with deconstructing the images and language of his fragmented world. His work is the ultimate expression of a profound sense of 'not there,' a deep hole in the soul” (Phoebe Hoban, Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, New York 2016, n.p.).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is slightly warmer in the original.
This work is in very good condition. The upper edge is perforated. The sheet is backlined and hinged verso to the backing board in several places and undulates slightly. There is some light creasing in places throughout. All surface irregularities and accretions are in keeping with the artist's working process. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."