Lot 14
  • 14


100,000 - 150,000 EUR
112,500 EUR
bidding is closed


  • Christo
  • Wrapped portrait of Jane Mansfield
  • signed and dated 63 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas in plastic wrap and twine mounted on masonite


Knoedler Gallery, Zurich
Galerie Ad Libidum, Antwerp
Galerie Onnasch, Berlin 
Sale: Sotheby's London, Post War and Contemporary Art, 21 March 1991, lot 80
Collection Alain & Candice Fraiberger 

Catalogue Note

Christo moved to Paris in 1958 and joined the Nouveaux réalistes group in 1963, the year he painted Wrapped Portrait of Jane Mansfield. An historical painting that affirms his singular and inspired artistic approach, Wrapped Portrait of Jane Mansfield is one of his first works. In line with the Dada and Surrealism traditions, it perfectly illustrates the virtuosity with which the artist plays with artistic codes and transcends the ordinary.

By wrapping a painting of Jane Mansfield, an icon of glamour in the 1950s and 1960s, Christo plays on the idea of aesthetic detachment, giving enigmatic meaning to this portrait whose eroticism is increased because it is veiled. The original work is covered by an aura of mystery and takes on new meanings through Christo’s intervention. There is detachment, but not concealment, and the function is simply tipped into a double perspective.