Studies into the Past

Lot 12

Product Description

Grasso created this painting, depicting the historical scene of Bonaparte before the Spinx. Pharrell Williams is depicted on horseback in lieu of Bonaparte, with a  group of surreal spheres overhead.

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Product Materials

Oil on wood

Product Dimensions

Framed: 25 9/16 x 29 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (65 x 75 x 6 cm.) Unframed : 23 5/8 x 27 9/16 x 1 in. (60 x 70 x 2.5 cm.)

Product Note

Exploring space, time and the blurred lines between reality and imagination, French conceptual artist Laurent Grasso gives us this surreal dreamscape. With P as the central figure and inspired by a painting by 19th-century academicism painter Jean-Léon Gérôme, Grasso created this piece after meeting Pharrell at Perrotin Gallery in 2014. It is part of a larger series he calls Studies into the Past – a conceptual project about time in which he blurs the temporality of what is shown.