Private collection, USA (sale: Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2007, lot 49) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Luis Falero trained in Paris as a portraitist and developed a fascination for painting highly detailed renderings of the female nude. His hyper-realist style often set women in fantastical or mythological settings.
In creating this evocative image, Falero was perhaps inspired by the story of the Pleiades. The Pleiades were the seven beautiful daughters born to Atlas and the nymph Pleione. They served as virgin attendants to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. According to one Greek legend, the beauties were being pursued by the amorous hunter Orion. The gods saved them by transforming them into twinkling stars. After his death, Orion too became a constellation, forever chasing the beautiful young maidens across the sky.
The canvas has been lined and securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher. There is a very light, superficial scuff in the centre of the right edge - however only visible upon close inspection.
Ultra-violet light reveals some very small spots of cosmetic retouching in the arm and in the lower part of the body of the woman in the upper right, and a small area around the left breast of the other female figure. A small area of green fluorescence is also visible in the lower right corner around the signature - this could be associated with previous cleaning.
Overall, this work appears to be in good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative, black and silver wooden frame. "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."