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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    H. Newton, Pola Woman, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, p. 59, captioned '… and with her mechanical bear. Paris'

  • 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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POLAROIDS from the Piero Bisazza Collection

62

Wibecke and her Mechanical Bear, Paris

1974
Unique Polaroid print.
Each image: 9.4 x 7.2 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
Each sheet: 10.7 x 8.5 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

Signed by the artist and printer's notations, all in pencil, on the verso.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £4,375

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Photographs

London Auction 1 November 2018