The Pace Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1982
Wildenstein Tokyo, Jean Dubuffet, May - June 1981, cat. no. 19, p. 27, illustrated
Max Loreau, Ed., Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Fascicule XXXII, Théâtres de Mémoire, Lausanne 1982, cat. no. 386, p. 171, illustrated
"These assemblages have mixtures of sites and scenes, which are the constituent parts of a moment of viewing [...] The mind totalizes; it recapitulates all fields; it makes them dance together. It shuffles them, exchanges them, everything is astir. It also transforms them, cooks them in its sauces [...] After all that, one can expect some effect of cacophony." Jean Dubuffet
This work is in very good condition overall. Under close inspection, there is evidence of wear and handling to the edges, including a few scattered and unobtrusive pulled canvas threads visible. All the collaged elements are stable and intact. Also under close inspection, there is a slight undulation to the canvas support. Under extremely close inspection, a 1/8 of an inch loss to the pigment is visible in the lower left quadrant, specifically 5 inches from the left edge and 4 inches from the bottom edge. Under ultraviolet inspection there is no evidence of restoration. Framed under Plexiglas. 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.