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  • Provenance

    Galerie Kicken, Cologne
    Private Collection, Europe
    Phillips de Pury & Company, 14 October 2004, lot 219
    The Collection of Leland Hirsch
    Sotheby's, New York, A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch, 10 April 2018, lot 47
    Private Collection

  • Literature

    Schirmer/Mosel, Helmut Newton: Big Nudes, n.p.
    Schirmer/Mosel, Helmut Newton: Aus Dem Photographischen Werk, pl. 75

  • Artist Biography

    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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Nude in seaweed, Saint-Tropez

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981.
19 x 18 3/4 in. (48.3 x 47.6 cm)
Signed, titled and dated ‘1981’ in pencil on the verso. Number 1 from an edition of 10.

$15,000 - 25,000 

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New York Auction 6 April 2022