Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, where acquired by M.R. Livigne, Geneva Sale, Sotheby's London, 30th November 1995, lot 222, where acquired by the previous owner, and thence by descent to the present owner
The canvas is original. The canvas undulates slightly in the corners. There is surface dirt and matter to the work, including what appears to be a light mould along the lower half and to the central black area. There may be one or two instances of very minor loss to the thicker red spots of impasto in the upper left. This excepting the work appears to be in good overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the aforementioned surface mould as well as areas of fluorescence, which appear in keeping with the nature of the Artist's materials.
The canvas is held in a simple wooden frame.
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