Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid Private Collection Christie's, London, 28 June 2012, Lot 358 Acquired from the above by the present owner
"Essentially what I am painting is the state in which the image-time of one reality superimposed in a field of another simultaneous presence now becomes a new conjunctive hyper-reality or hybrid image showing the simultaneous presences" (George Condo in conversation with Ralph Rugoff, ‘The Enigma of Jean Louis’, in: George Condo, Ed., George Condo: Existential Portraits, Berlin 2006, p. 8).
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is lighter in the original.
This work is in very good condition. There are some hairline tension cracks running intermittently along the extreme outer edges. Visible only when examined out of its frame is some light frame rubbing and light wear along the edges and corner tips. Very close inspection reveals a faint and unobtrusive scuff mark towards the lower left corner. There is a faint stretcher bar mark impression along the upper and lower edges, with some associated hairline cracks. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a small spot of inpainting towards the centre of the left edge. No further restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light.
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