14 December 1999
Sandro Chia (b. 1946)
signed and dated 'S. Chia 86' (lower right); titled and inscribed 'SCHERZOSO Tell me how a lady can be gay if she sees no gentlemen?' (on the reverse)
oil on panel
96 x 48 in. (243.8 x 121.9 cm.)
Painted in 1986
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles.
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.
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