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George Condo

Study for a Portrait of a Woman, 2003

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Graphite and red pencil on paper with deckle edges
12.6 x 9.4 in (32.0 x 24.0 cm)
Signed and dated on recto; signed, titled, and dated on verso


This work ships from Germany.


“A woman is something you can glorify, you can be horrified by, you can be paranoid in front of you, you can love, you can hate.” — George Condo

Intrigued by the dichotomous nature of women, artist George Condo combines two figural drawings into one in this ’Study for a Portrait of a Woman.’ A cartoonish, monster-like figure outlined in red draws the viewer’s eye to the foreground, partially hiding the more realistic depiction of a woman sketched underneath. With hints of both surrealism and the grotesque, this work embodies Condo’s signature style.

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About George Condo

Contemporary visual artist George Condo (American, b. 1957) has described his work as “psychological cubism” or “artificial realism.” Reminiscent of de Kooning and Picasso, his paintings, drawings, and sculptures explore human nature and the madness of everyday life using stylized, cartoonish figures. Boasting features that often verge on the grotesque and absurd, his oeuvre remains humorous, empathetic, and critical. His rich pictorial inventions have been exhibited at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C; the New Museum, New York; and the 2019 Venice Biennale. They also reside within the public collections of MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Modern, Museo Jumex, and other international institutions.