Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York Private Collection, Chicago Chrisite's, New York, 23 May 1978, Lot 51 Ronnie Roland, Inc., New York Acquired from the above by the present owner in January 1980
“The dramatic black line, so essential to the women of the late 1940s and 1950s, is gone; in its place glorious, luminous white infuses these paintings with a light-filled pastoral atmosphere.” Diane Waldman quoted in Exh. Cat., New York, The Museum of Modern Art, de Kooning: A Retrospective, 1961,p. 352
This work is in very good condition overall. The newspaper has yellowed slightly over time. There is evidence of oil staining surrounding various passages of paint from where the oil has seeped into the newspaper, a natural migration process for this media. Under close inspection, there is a stable 2 in. hairline crack located 8 inches from the top edge and 6 inches from the right. To the right of the aforementioned passage, there is another vertical hairline crack approximately 6 in. in length beginning 3 in. from the left edge in the green paint and continuing down into the light green passage. Under Ultraviolet light, there are no signs of restoration. Framed. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.