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  • Provenance

    Taschen, London, 1999

  • Artist Bio

    Helmut Newton

    German • 1920 - 2004

    Helmut Newton's distinct style of eroticism and highly produced images was deemed rebellious and revolutionary in its time, as he turned the expected notion of beauty, depicted by passive and submissive women, on its head. Depicting his models as strong and powerful women, Newton reversed gender stereotypes and examined society's understanding of female desire.

    Newton created a working space for his models that was part decadent and part unorthodox — a safe microcosm in which fantasies became reality. And perhaps most famously of all, Newton engendered an environment in which his female models claimed the space around them with unapologetic poise and commanding sensuality. His almost cinematic compositions provided a hyper-real backdrop for the provocative images of sculptural, larger-than-life women, and enhanced the themes of voyeurism and fetishism that run throughout his work.

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SUMO

Monte Carlo: Taschen, 1999. First Edition. 400 duotone reproductions of photographs selected and edited by June Newton. Together with original chrome stand designed by Philippe Starck.
Book: 71 x 51.2 x 7.6 cm (27 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.)
Stand: 77.4 x 56 x 54.5 cm (30 1/2 x 22 x 21 1/2 in.)

Signed in blue crayon by the artist and stamped 01634/10,000 on the title page; the stand embossed 'STARCK' and 'HELMUT NEWTON’. Contained in its original package.

Estimate
£2,000 - 3,000 

sold for £6,875

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Genevieve Janvrin
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Photographs

London Auction 16 May 2019