The Naked Truth

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Collection of Gert Elfering
    Christie's, New York, Photographs from the Collection of Gert Elfering, 10 April 2008, lot 66

  • Literature

    Vogue, May 1997, pp. 284-285, variant
    Scalo, Helmut Newton: Pages from the Glossies: Facsimiles 1956-1998, pp. 504-505, variant
    Taschen, Helmut Newton: Work, p. 45, variant

  • Artist Bio

    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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The Naked Truth

1997
Unique Polaroid print.
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
Signed in pencil on the verso.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019