Helmut Newton - Photographs London Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, London, 31 May 2007, lot 115

  • Literature

    Vogue (Paris), March 1978, p. 224
    Helmut Newton: Sleepless Nights, Charlottesville: Quartet Books, 1978, p. 81
    Helmut Newton: Private Property, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1989, pl.18
    Helmut Newton: Pages from the Glossies: Facsimiles 1956–1998, Zurich: Scalo, 1998, p. 380

  • Catalogue Essay

    No more than 25 prints from the proposed edition of 25 were realised.

  • 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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Upstairs at Maxim’s Paris, 1978 from Private Property Portfolio, Suite II

Gelatin silver print, printed 1984.
36 × 24 cm (14 1/8 × 9 1/2 in)
Signed in pencil by the photographer, numbered '20' in pencil in an unidentified hand and copyright credit portfolio stamp on the verso. Number 20 from an edition of 70.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £8,750


17 May 2012