"Self-Portrait" (1991)

"Self-Portrait," 1991
Marble, 37 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
Installation view of Jeff Koons Versailles, Château de Versailles, France, October 9, 2008-April 1, 2009
© Jeff Koons
Courtesy the artist

"I spent about five weeks, at different times, just being in the gardens and going through the palace. I even had to almost position myself in a certain way, just as any artist at court would have had to present himself. And the way I did that was that I showed my self-portrait bust. If I hadn’t put myself on a base like that, I wouldn’t have been accepted. I had Louis XIV on one side and Louis XVI on the other."

-Jeff Koons