Allen Jones (British, born 1937) Alban Berg 1980-1981

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Lot 24AR
Allen Jones
(British, born 1937)
Alban Berg
1980-1981

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 23,867) inc. premium
Allen Jones (British, born 1937)
Alban Berg
1980-1981

signed, titled and dated 80/81
mixed media on card

35 by 26.5 cm.
13 3/4 by 10 7/16 in.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Wiseman Originals, London
    Private Collection, UK
    Sale: Christie's, South Kensington, Twentieth Century British Art, 3 July 2003, Lot 590
    Acquired directly from the above by the previous owner
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    Exhibited
    Florence, Galleria Il Ponte, Roma-London-Paris, 2004, no. 17, illustrated in colour


    Around 1980 inspired by Alban Berg's opera, Lulu, Allen Jones was contemplating executing a stained glass window for a village church in Oxfordshire. Lulu had been in the spotlight at the time as the BBC had recently broadcast it for the first time in the closest incarnation to the composer's original wishes. Its central character, Lulu, is depicted as a relentless social climber who uses her sexual allure to leave a trail of male bodies in her wake. She is the quintessential femme fatale and in the present study is depicted in trademark Allen Jones style as an archetypal fantasy figure. Her cat-suit clad shapely buttocks and elongated legs raised on killer heels form the core of the composition, defiantly towering over a prostate city gent whose head is restrained between her ankles. Whilst undoubtedly a bold choice of subject matter for the interior of a church the elongated stained glass window format allows the artist to capture Lulu in all her aggressive sexual splendour. It also resonates with the biblical story of Adam and Eve - the theme of the fall of man at the hands of woman - emphasized here by the addition of a serpent-like creature with horned features - would have be familiar to any congregation.
    The window was never executed, one can only speculate that it would have faced opposition if it had, leaving the present study as a lasting testament to the artist's bold and instantly recognisable creative vision.
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