"Bourgeois Bust – Jeff and Ilona" (1991)

"Bourgeois Bust – Jeff and Ilona," 1991
Marble, 44 1/2 x 28 x 21 inches
© Jeff Koons
Courtesy the artist

"Choosing the different objects to be shown at Versailles, I just opened myself up and listened to the works that I created. With Bourgeois Bust—Jeff and Ilona, I wanted to create something that was very romantic—a bourgeois couple, kissing. But I wanted to be able to bring Ilona’s body and my body down together in a point so that it’s a heart—a symbol of love—and take the flesh and cut through it to form it that way without any sense of violence."

-Jeff Koons