While, from close up, the whole composition encircles the centre; seen from a distance, it separates from it; as if the construction was designed to give it special emphasis. Once this double effect is appreciated, you can see that it provides the key to the work. For, if it affords a monumental aspect to each Poliakoff picture independently from format, it explains the redistribution (...) which reduces composition in favour of form.
The colours in the printed catalogue illustration are fairly accurate. As most of the oil on canvas works by Poliakoff dating from the 60's, the artist prepared his canvas with laid down paper before the execution of the work. Upon very close inspection there are tiny losses visible in the upper and right corners. Upon close inspection, there are faint stabilized cracks visible in the orange areas in the lower left quadrant. Under UV light inspection, some small stains fluoresce in the red paint towards the lower right corner. This work is in very good condition. "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."