Leipziger Volkszeitung Collection, Germany (acquired directly from the artist) Sotheby's, London, 16 October 2010, Lot 236 Acquired from the above by the present owner
Honolulu, Academy of Arts, Neo Rauch Works 1994-2002: The Leipziger Volkszeitung Collection, February - April 2005, n.p., no. 18, illustrated in colour
“Rauch’s paintings show us many rudiments, many fragments and figurations of possible worlds… Rauch’s custom of working with the memory of a pictorial story… also awakes our pleasure in getting wise to him and letting ourselves become totally involved in the allusions they ignite” (Gottfried Boehm cited in: Exh. Cat., Wolfsburg, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Neo Rauch – Neue Rollen. Paintings 1993-2006, 2006, p. 39).
Colour: The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is slightly cooler in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Very close inspection reveals some very fine hairline cracks in places throughout, most noteably towards the lower centre of the compostion - some of which have been consolidated and fluoresce darkly 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."