Waddington Gallery, London Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997
London, Waddington Galleries, Julian Schnabel, November - December 1988, p. 21, illustrated in colour
“from Joe’s studio you couldn’t see outside because the floor-to-ceiling red velvet curtains were only partially open…Joe was in his kitchen, sitting in the dark in a Metropolitan Opera Egyptian-style black velvet chair. He was listening to Maria Callas…isolated in the dark, far away from everybody…Joe’s need to be an artist had led him away from everything familiar: his friends, his family, his home, society.”
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is slightly brighter and more vibrant in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Close inspection reveals some wear with a few losses to all four edges and corner tips, most notably to the lower edge, which are visible in the catalogue illustration. Close inspection reveals a network of drying cracks to the blue paint on the big plate fragment to the upper right quadrant. 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."