Helmut Newton - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Via Eight, Tokyo
    Irving Galleries, Palm Beach
    Private Collection, Palm Beach
    Acquired from the above by present owner

  • Literature

    Heiting, Helmut Newton: Work, p. 122 there titled Givenchy & Bulgari, French Vogue
    French Vogue, "Le temps des joyaux," December 1979-January 1980, p. 320 (variant)
    Newton, Pages from the Glossies: Facsimiles, 1956-1998, p. 412 (variant)

  • 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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Woman being filmed, Paris

Gelatin silver print from Private Property Suite I, printed 1984.
14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.6 x 23.5 cm)
Signed, numbered '4,' 10/75 in pencil, and 'Private Property' copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,795

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023