Before♾1969♾After

February 22, 2021

Size (h w d): 40 x 30 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Status: SOLD

This painting was inspired by the premonition that Sharon Tate had of her own brutal death. Whilst staying the night alone at her friend Jay Sebring’s house, who was killed alongside her in the 1969 Manson murders, she was awoken by “a creepy little man” who was skittering about the room.

Previously occupied by Jean Harlow and movie mogul Paul Bern, the house had been the backdrop to their extremely short-lived marriage. Sharon recalled that the man looked like photos she’d seen of Paul. In a confused and understandably anxious state (was she dreaming?), she slinked out of the room to make herself a drink. At this point she “saw a vision of someone tied to the staircase. It might have been me. It might have been Jay. Whoever it was, it was cut open at the throat.”

The Manson murders literally and figuratively put an end to the cultural dreams of the 1960s, and Sharon seemed to have gotten a simultaneous peek into both the past and present, a haunting collapse in time.

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