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Elizabeth Peyton (American, b.1965)
LOT ID: 79823
Oscar and Bosie, 1998

Lithograph, with pearlescent dust
22.75 х 24.38 in. (57.78 x 61.93 cm.)
Signed, inscribed
Edition AP iii/20 (aside from the edition of 60)
Foundry/Publisher Parkett, pub.
Lot description
This iconic work by Elizabeth Peyton captures an intimate moment between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (Bosie), whose infamous relationship would lead to Wilde's conviction of sodomy charges in English court. After being jailed for two years, Wilde would soon die of Spinal Meningitis, a result of his poor health while in jail.

Elizabeth Peyton (b.1965) has made a name for herself painting rock stars, celebrities, pop icons and her friends, often as androgynous figures in restful, swooning poses. Peyton draws inspiration from a variety of sources; her subjects are reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelites, while her palette hints at Fauvism, and her drawing style mimics that of David Hockney. Peyton earned her BFA in 1987 from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. She has exhibited at numerous venues including recent solo shows at Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France (2011); Nuegerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2009); and the New Museum, New York, NY (2008).

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
New Museum (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France)
Kunstmuseum (Wolfsburg, Germany)
Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Basel, Switzerland)
Oscar and Bosie by Elizabeth Peyton
  • Oscar and Bosie by Elizabeth Peyton
  • Oscar and Bosie by Elizabeth Peyton
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