Signed and dated lower right, in brown, "Baba (19)82"; the work has an exhibition label on the back that reads "Muzeul Național de Artă al României, Expoziție retrospectivă Corneliu Baba - 1997"
The work was part of the 1997 retrospective at the National Museum of Art (Bucharest) which travelled to Beijing (1999) and Liege (2000).
Having graduated Philosophy, Corneliu Baba approached the idioms and image codes of classical painting. Influenced by El Greco, Rembrandt and Goya, Baba depicts using various genres: portrait and self-portrait, still life, harlequins, mad kings. He exhibited in Moscow, Leningrad, Vienna, Bucharest, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Venice, Prague.