Haunch of Venison, London Acquired from the above by the present owner
Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Jonas Burgert: Enigmatic Narrative, October - November 2008,p. 6, illustrated in colour
"How can I integrate in my paintings the cynical and artificial elements that I feel characterize our time? I found the wonderful idea of doing this via colour, in an abstract manner. I proceed as follows: on the canvas I develop a completely classical theme and a composition that can be quiescent at times, then change the proportions at my will and finally try to exhaust the colours by drawing them out until they almost become toxic, poisonous."
JONAS BURGERT in conversation with Claudia Stockhausensx, online
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although there are more yellow undertones to the figure at the centre of the composition and more blue undertones to the skeleton to the left of the composition in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Very close inspection reveals a small network of drying cracks to a layer of thin brown paint towards the lower centre of the composition, below the figure with the green and pink square. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light. "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."