Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1975
Anne McNamara, Ed., Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies: The Complete Paintings, New York 2004, p. 120, illustrated in color Elizabeth Claridge, Ed., The Girls of Mel Ramos, London 1975, p. 112, illustrated in color
"I had wanted to make some paintings that dealt with actual physical space, with real three dimensional space, but I found that the combination of the two flat surfaces produced this incredible effect of projections so I stayed with that."
This work is in very good condition overall. The canvas is unlined and the Masonite collage component appears stable. There is evidence of very minor wear and handling to the edges of the canvas and Masonite, resulting in minor pinpoint losses to the perimeter of the canvas and Masonite as well as a 1/8 inch loss to the Masonite at the lower left corner. There is evidence of very light surface soiling and a few, scattered unobtrusive pinpoint surface accretions particularly noticeable on the figure's shirt. Only visible under very close inspection and raking light, there is evidence of some very minor, unobtrusive, stable pigment craquelure. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there are a few, very minor areas in the figure's shirt which fluoresce darkly. 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.