Property from a Prestigious Private Collection, London
signed, titled and dated 2004 on the reverse
oil on linen
65.8 by 76 cm. 26 by 30 in.
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although there are fewer magenta undertones in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals two very thin, unobtrusive and stable hairline cracks to the figure's neck and a minute media accretion to the extreme left edge towards the lower corner. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light.
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Private Collection, London (acquired directly from the artist)
Sotheby's, London, 2 July 2015, Lot 372
Acquired from the above by the present owner
"I want to think about painting, not the personality of the [person] sitting with me. I’m far more interested in how we can make people intelligible through paint, rather than getting bogged down in characters ... I want the work to be pulled out of the air somehow"
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in conversation with Jamie Stevens, cited in: 'Interview with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye', Chisenhale gallery, March 2012, online.