Reference Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1658-60. Antonello da Messina, Saint Sebastian, c. 1476-77.
| Artist's Notes
The 1976 (sic) oil-on-paper pictureHands Off Mayakovskiwhich was reproduced with your article inConnaissance des Arts(April 1977), is a study for an oil-on-canvas painting, same title. In the study, Mayakovski wears a comic-book-green suit. In the painting, the suit is comic-book purple. ... The oil-on-canvas paintingSebastian in the Kitchenis of course from the drawing you own, which was also reproduced inConnaissance. It is one of a series of three paintings, withHands Off MayakovskiandWords By Ronald Vance(later retitledSeventeenby the artist). In the current show (at Allan Stone Gallery, New York) these pictures were hung in sequence: Sebastian, Mayakovski, Words By R.V. These three pictures can also be joined as a triptych. (George Deem, letter to Udo Kultermann, November 26, 1977)