Hyacinth

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  • Provenance

    Françoise Lambert Gallery, Milan, 1987

  • Literature

    Mapplethorpe: Pistils, New York: Random House, 1996, p. 77
    R. Mapplethorpe, Flora: The Complete Flowers, London: Phaidon, 2016, p. 256

  • Artist Bio

    Robert Mapplethorpe

    American • 1946 - 1989

    After studying drawing, painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute in the 1960s, Robert Mapplethorpe began experimenting with photography while living in the notorious Chelsea Hotel with Patti Smith. Beginning with Polaroids, he soon moved on to a Hasselblad medium-format camera, which he used to explore aspects of life often only seen behind closed doors.

    By the 1980s Mapplethorpe's focus was predominantly in the studio, shooting portraits, flowers and nudes. His depiction of the human form in formal compositions reflects his love of classical sculpture and his groundbreaking marriage of those aesthetics with often challenging subject matter. Mapplethorpe's style is present regardless of subject matter — from erotic nudes to self-portraits and flowers — as he ceaselessly strove for what he called "perfection of form."

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Hyacinth

1986
Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
48.9 x 48.9 cm (19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered 5/10 in ink in the margin; signed by the photographer, dated in copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp, titled, dated and numbered in another hand in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

sold for £25,000

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Genevieve Janvrin
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London Auction 16 May 2019