Currin loved working with images from the Renaissance masters to the point of replicating their errors in the proportions of the body. He assembles old heads on naked bodies. One of these postmenopausal and unfriendly women caught in back view, oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm painted in 1993, has enticed no buyer at Phillips de Pury on 13 November 2008.
It was beneficial for the artist and his work that he transferred his erotic impulses on a living muse. He falls in love in 1994 with the female sculptor Rachel Feinstein. Aged 23, she has a long body and small breasts like a Venus by Cranach and the wavy blonde hair of Botticelli's Venus. They marry in 1997.
Nice 'n Easy, oil on canvas 112 x 86 cm painted in 1999, was sold for $ 5.5M including premium by Sotheby's on November 11, 2008. It is estimated $ 12M for sale by Christie's in New York on November 15, lot 25 A.
Two women play a mannerist scene in full frontal nude. They have the same bodily features and the same porcelain skin but their attitude is opposed. The woman on the right is day dreaming, her mouth gently opened and a hand on a breast in a gesture of trust. The other woman shows an exuberant joy and extends a hand over the belly of her alter ego.
This quite mannerist gesture is a prediction of fertility to be compared with the hand of the duchesse de Villars on the nipple of Gabrielle d'Estrées in the famous painting of the Ecole de Fontainebleau. Nice 'n Easy is not a lesbian scene. It is the projection of a male artist who wanted to express with similar figures his erotic desire and the object of his desire.
SOLD for $ 12M including premium