Galerie Ariel, Paris Maurice Lafaille, Paris Galerie Brimaud, Paris Acquired from the above by the present owner
Alexis Poliakoff, Serge Poliakoff, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I, 1922 - 1954, Paris, 2004, no. 53-99, illustrated, p. 471
Poliakoff’s paintings are revealed from the interior rather than the exterior. This is true, not only for the structure and organization of his pictures, but also for the dimensions of his art. It is abstract and remote from all nature because it is Nature itself. It has not even the slightest connection with the figurative world. In parallel with the progressive refinement of the components, the understatement of its forms, its enhanced simplicity and muted shading – which almost leads to the secret realm of monochrome – give it and increasing sense of spirituality, gravity and sanctity. These paintings owe nothing to their exterior; they have no particular message. Rather, they invite one to be absorbed by them; they encourage meditation and are open to it.
The colours are fairly accurate in the printed catalogue illustration although the overall tonality is slightly deeper and less contrasted in the original work. The work is executed on its original canvas and is not relined. The rim is covered by the frame. Stable tiny drying cracks are located mainly in the light coloured areas.
Under Ultra Violet Light inspection a carefully restored area fluoresces (approximately 13 cm) located along the right edge of the canvas. Three other small areas of former restoration fluoresce along the lower edge together with some tiny spots along the upper edge. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."