Galerie Maeght, Barcelona Collection Dobe, Switzerland Private Collection, France (acquired from the above in 1993) Private Collection (gift of the above) Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013
Barcelona, Galerie Maeght, Manolo Valdés: Pinturas i escultures, 1985, cat. no. 16, p. 16, illustrated in color
"My starting point might be something from Velázquez, for example. Then, from that painting, I pick a fragment. Generally, it’s a head. Between when that head was created in the 17th century and now, so many things have happened in art history: material paintings, abstraction, Pop art…What did Pop art teach us? It taught us large scale. So when I look at and reread that image from the 17th century, I can’t stop thinking and block out everything that’s happened in art history between then and now. Everything that’s happened becomes a tool with which to reinterpret the original image."
This work is in very good condition overall. The impasto peaks appear to be secure and intact. Upon close inspection and under raking light, there is evidence of minor buckling near the right edge region in the lower right quadrant. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence 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.