oil on canvas
34 x 25 cm (13 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
signed and dated upper left
George Condo is known for an unconventional, often cartoonish kind of figuration and an aggressive visual language characterised by broken faces, with exaggerated, often grotesque features such as prominent over- or underbites, creepy facial expressions or bodies broken beyond recognition. Condo, who studied art history (and music theory), has always maintained a deep interest in the history of art and its protagonists, which is reflected in his own art; he draws much of his inspiration from historical models. Thus, Condo often puts paintings by the Old Masters into a new context. He mixes their imagery and techniques with a modern and contemporary aesthetic reminiscent of Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning. "I describe what I do as psychological cubism," says Condo. He wants to depict different psychological states at the same time, just as Picasso showed a violin simultaneously from four different perspectives.