Candida Höfer - PHOTOGRAPHS London Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke

  • Literature

    Candida Höfer: Brussels Series, exh. cat., Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, 2006, p. 7

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, conceived by Candida Höfer as part of the Brussels series in 2006, shows many of the characteristics of her work in her use of formal elements such as line and blocks, and light and colour. The concert hall itself is a superb example of an Art Deco building designed in the early 1920s by Victor Horta, the acclaimed Belgian architect. In this particular building, however, Horta, who is usually known as a master of Art Nouveau, shows his versatility as an architect by designing with the geometric forms of Art Deco as he continued to work in the era of modernism.
    It is not surprising that Höfer's eye for structure has been excited by this building - the way she realizes light and visualizes pattern is perfectly offset here. She loves the composition of the building, the sleek and curving forms, horizontal lines and rhythmic repetition of shapes which she records objectively, yet not without warmth, with her camera. As usual, there are no people present to disrupt the quit order of the structure, but it is precisely this purity of the carefully composed scene, with its suggestion of desire, idealism, even innocence, that itself becomes the human element in the image.


Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles III

Colour coupler print, mounted.
179.7 x 241.9 cm (70 3/4 x 95 1/4 in).
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number on a label affixed to the reverse of the frame. One from an edition of 6.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £22,500


3 November 2010