“Billedtavle II”, 1988. Signed, titled and dated on the reverse. Oil on canvas. 150×100 cm.
Literature: Ane Hejlskov Larsen: “Per Kirkeby. Malerier 1978–1989”, Aarhus 2015, cat. M 929, ill. p. 467. Registered in the Archives of Galerie Michael Werner as no. PK 489.
Exhibited: “Per Kirkeby”, Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA, November - December 1988, ill. in the unpaginated catalogue.
Provenance: Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne.
Provenance: Mary Boone Gallery, New York.
Provenance: Private collection, Denmark.
Modern Still Life
Bound to the earth by dead things
accumulation of ripped off fruit killed animals
faded flowers blown out candles
Bound to the earth by this branch
and this is good
for I cannot saw it off myself
with my hands full of palettes and brushes
Long aerial roots from the burdened branch
reach the earth and bury themselves
only to shoot up farther away
in foreign spaces
Per Kirkeby, poem from "Den fortsatte tekst” (The Continued Text) (1982), also reproduced in the catalogue of the above-mentioned exhibition in New York (1988), where the painting was shown.