Desirée Dolron - Photographs London Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Desiree Dolron, The Hague Museum of Photography, 2005, p. 109

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Every square millimetre of my images are digitally manipulated. Not just the skin tones, but also the facial features themselves. In some cases I combined features from several faces to obtain what I had pictured in my mind's eye. Xteriors being the first project where I became serious about digital manipulation, it took me a good three years to finish all the images.”


    In the series Xteriors, Dutch artist Desiree Dolron has created a body of work that is rich in historical reference and yet completely of this time. Shot in an 18th-century mansion in Utrecht with models clad in specially designed, historical-replica dress, she constructs a narrative foundation which she then builds upon using expert digital technique. As seen in the current lot, the result is a rendering of light and shade that immediately calls forth the Flemish Primitives who have so clearly influenced her approach – the de-saturated palette and the glacial atmosphere exude a sense of melancholy that is both enigmatic and impenetrable. Dolron crafts an image that completely surpasses our visual expectations and challenges our understanding of photography as a medium.


Xteriors I

Digital chromogenic print, Diasec mounted, printed 2004.
173.8 x 124 cm (68 3/8 x 48 7/8 in.)
Signed, titled and dated '2004' in ink on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Number 7 from an edition of 8.

£50,000 - 70,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £56,250

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London 8 May 2014 4pm