This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Dominique Bermann Martin and Jean François Aittouarès.
Muriel & Bassett Wilson, London (acquired directly from the artist) Galerie Urban, Paris Acquired from the above in 1976 and thence by descent
By the turn of the twentieth century the Harlequin had become a ubiquitous figure in popular culture and a favorite subject of Cubist artists. Much like the Harlequins of Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, the easily-identifiable checkered costume in the present work provides the ideal surface on which the artist can pursue his early experimentation with color and shape.
The canvas is unlined. There is a layer of varnish on the surface. Under UV light, there are a few small dots of retouching in the lower right quadrant, and one small stroke 4 inches in from the center of the left edge. Additionally there are three pin dots of retouching in the upper right corner; otherwise fine. This work is in good condition. 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.