Paris, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Andy Warhol: Portraits, February - March 1974
Neil Printz and Sally King-Nero, Eds., The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculpture 1970-1974, Vol. 03, New York 2010, cat. no. 2687, p. 430, illustrated in color
"Beauty, elegance, charisma, femme fatale, this unique combination of star and business woman seduced Andy Warhol from the beginning…it is no wonder he insisted for over two years to have her photographed for his works. One can sense the paradox between the public persona, used to the spotlight, and her hesitation before accepting Warhol’s proposal. Timid by nature, she might have been scared of what the work would reveal about her, about her most hidden facets.” Sophie Rochas, daughter of Hélène Rochas
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling to the edges, with associated minor handling marks visible in the corners. Under very close inspection, there are a few minor scattered pinpoint spot accretions across the bottom and top of the work. Drying bubbles are also present in those areas, inherent to the work. There is evidence of a water line on the reverse, but no evidence on the front of the canvas. Under Ultraviolet inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed. 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.