Dusseldorf: Hans Mayer Gallery, 1982

10.5 x 15cm, 2pp colour artist’s postcard with the title pastel painting reproduced on the front where a young woman is sitting on a chair with her legs crossed but her panties are clearly visible. It was Collins’ fascination with such mild erotica that eventually made him unfashionable. While such works probably sold easily (even Fragonard showed upskirt images after all) it eventually made Collins seem creepy and out of step with modern feminist values. After 1988 his visible presence in galleries was much reduced compared with the 1970s and he became reclusive. VG+.

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