Julian Schnabel, ‘The Martyrdom of Lola’, 1983, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"I painted the first plate paintings out of desperation because I was trying to make a painting that I had never seen before." —Julian Schnabel

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, dated 1983 and dedicated To Jean Charles + Kate Love Julian signed 1986 on the reverse

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, JC De Castelbajac, Paris 1993, pp. 28-29 (illustrated in color)

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Paris (acquired directly from the artist in 1986)
Christie's, Paris, Pop Hip Hop: Collections Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, 3 July 2003, Lot 30 (consigned from the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Julian Schnabel

Filmmaker and Neo-expressionist artist Julian Schnabel’s large-scale paintings are materially and thematically monumental, drawing on a wealth of influences from Cubism to the practice of Cy Twombly and themes such as sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief. Crowded with paint drips, dynamic brushstrokes, and found materials including broken plates, textiles, tarpaulins, and velvet, many of Schnabel’s paintings combine painting and collage techniques. Of his many portraits, perhaps the best known is the oil on velvet Portrait of Andy Warhol (1982), in which the almost translucent subject shares the canvas with a Pollock-esque splatter of paint.

American, b. 1951, Brooklyn, New York, based in New York, New York