Diane Arbus - Photographs London Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | Phillips

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  • “It was my teacher Lisette Model who finally made it clear to me that the more specific you are, the more general it will be.”
    —Diane Arbus 

    • Provenance

      Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

    • Literature

      Picture Magazine Issue #16, 1 January 1980, n.p.
      Diane Arbus: Revelations, New York: Random, 2003, p. 45
      Diane Arbus: Couples 1971-1956, San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2014, cover
      The Pulse of Life: Portraits, Madrid: Fundación MAPFRE, 2015, p. 139

    • Artist Biography

      Diane Arbus

      American • 1923 - 1971

      Transgressing traditional boundaries, Diane Arbus is known for her highly desirable, groundbreaking portraiture taken primarily in the American Northeast during the late 1950s and 1960s. Famous for establishing strong personal relationships with her subjects, Arbus' evocative images capture them in varied levels of intimacy. Whether in their living rooms or on the street, their surreal beauty transcends the common distance found in documentary photography.

      Taken as a whole, Arbus' oeuvre presents the great diversity of American society — nudists, twins, babies, beauty queens and giants — while each distinct image brings the viewer into contact with an exceptional individual brought to light through Arbus' undeniable genius. 

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Young Couple in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
37.5 x 37.5 cm (14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered 6/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, estate copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,820

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London Auction 22 November 2022