Eric Fischl, ‘Christian Retreat’, 1980, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"The great thing about art is that when you re-experience something you have the chance to resolve it. So the work stands as a kind of permission, that it's okay to have these experiences, that it's okay to have these feelings. The paintings are ways that we can own up to life...For me, the whole point of painting is that it's a language. It's a technique for thinking, and my pursuit is to construct a thought that embodies feelings and is clear." —Eric Fischl

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated '80 on the reverse

Toronto, The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Eric Fischl, January 1985, cat. no. 11-499
Saskatoon, Mendel Art Gallery; Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum; Kunsthalle Basel; London, Institute of Contemporary Arts; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, The Broida Museum; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Eric Fischl: Paintings, February 1985 - May 1986, cat. no. 3, p. 33, illustrated in color

Douglas C. McGill, "Probing Society's Taboos - On Canvas," The New York Times, 2 March 1986, Sec. 2, p. 12
Arthur C. Danto, Encounters & Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, Berkeley 1997, p. 28
Arthur C. Danto, Robert Enright and Steve Martin, Eric Fischl: 1970-2000, New York 2000, p. 35, illustrated in color

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York
The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1981

About Eric Fischl

Neo-expressionist painter Eric Fischl achieved recognition in the 1980s for his figurative paintings exploring suburban adolescent sexuality, as in Sleepwalker (1979), which depicts a boy hunched over in a plastic pool, masturbating. His work commonly exposes the dark, disturbing undercurrents of American life; his unconventional 9/11 memorial sculpture, Tumbling Woman (2001), was removed from public view amid controversy. Fischl is also the founder of the “America: Now and Here” project, a mobile museum and performance space that will tour the U.S. for two years.

American, b. 1948, New York, New York, based in Sag Harbor, New York