UNTITLED
George Condo
CONCORD 1957 -
UNTITLED
1985
WATERCOLOR ON PAPER
SIGNED AND DATED ON VERSO: "CONDO 85"
27.5 X 20.5 CM
PROVENANCE

LE CASE D'ARTE, MILAN


PRIVATE COLLECTION, GREAT BRITAIN

 


The American artist George Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1957 and is today one of the most prominent exponents of contemporary art. In the early eighties, having studied music theory and art history at Lowell University in Massachusetts, Condo moved to New York, where he cultivated exchange with such artists as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. A regular at Warhol’s “factory”, Condo was inspired by Pop art and, drawing from this artistic exchange, developed his own unmistakable style, which quickly earned him fame and recognition in the art scene of the American metropolis. By 1985, he had made a name for himself in New York thanks to his artistic œuvre, and he moved to Paris, where in the decade that followed he acquainted himself with European art. This biography is mirrored wonderfully in his pictorial programmes in which he masterfully deconstructs the human face and body and then reassembles them in Cubist manner to form grotesque – and at the same time delightfully colourful – figurations.


With his whimsical portraits and humourist depictions, the artist created unique works that, in wonderful manner, unite satire and aesthetic in their pictorial programmes. Represented in numerous prestigious national and international museums, the artist today lives and works in New York.


 


Pierrot, a comical character from Venetian theatre, turns up repeatedly in the œuvre of George Condo. Always flaunting the typical Pierrot collar, the harlequin is encountered in other works before a colourful background with a grim look on his face and a smouldering cigarette. Our work shows him without these attributes, but – entirely in keeping with Condo’s artistic approach – in marvellously decomposed form. With its cheerful colours and the reduction of plasticity it possesses all the charm of a fine-painterly drawing. What is more, the manner in which the figure has been designed, with its disproportionately long neck and its eyes of different sizes and positions, reveals the great influence exerted on Condo’s art by the works of Picasso, the Spanish master whose œuvre is one of Condo’s main sources of inspiration. This and further characteristics account for our exceptional work’s charming, incomparable, and at the same time entirely idiosyncratic quality.