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    Miles Davis Pen and Ink Drawing. What private demons both mould and plague great artists? Sometimes a clue comes in orignal art created by these profoundly talented people, and an example is this remarkable pen and ink drawing by legendary Jazz icon Miles Davis (1926-1991). This one's a spine-chiller: a nightmarish full-length blend of skeleton and vessels -- has the subject been skinned alive? -- performing a perverse, high-kick dance. Davis sketched his vision in primarily green and reddish-purple; the form seems vaguely female and has what appears to be cape-like wings. The head is on profile with one visible eye, but the torso itself, eerily enough, seems to have a face, with nose, mouth and pleading eyes. (The sketch, of course, is open to interpretation.) Davis sketched this work on 17.5" x 23.5" paper, which is now attached to cardboard backing, and added his signature in red ink at the end of a line that scans the figure, running from a wing and across the buttocks. Davis had his addictions, conquering a cocaine habit late in his life, and this remarkable sketch might have ben an attempt to exorcise whatever forces were taunting him. This is a startling visit to the subconscious of Jazz genius Miles Davis. In Excellent condition.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2007
    14th-15th Saturday-Sunday
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