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  • “[Helmut Newton] was a visionary photographer who possessed the magical touch to turn the most boring shoot into an erotic happening. The photos he turned in over the years left me aghast, awestruck, and always amazed . . . I would have liked to have been one of Helmut’s women. I can’t think of a greater compliment than to have been deemed worthy of Helmut’s lens.”
    —Anna Wintour

    • Provenance

      Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
      Phillips, New York, 1 October 2013, lot 90

    • Literature

      Taschen, Helmut Newton: Sex and Landscapes, p. 53

    • 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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Grand Hôtel de Milan

Gelatin silver print.
63 x 47 1/4 in. (160 x 120 cm)
Overall 64 1/4 x 48 1/2 in. (163.2 x 123.2 cm)

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 2/3 in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Full Cataloguing

$50,000 - 70,000 

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023