Helmut Newton - Photographs London Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, Miami
    Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2005

  • Literature

    H. Newton, Pola Woman, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1995, p. 107, captioned 'From the 1990 calendar of Italian Max magazine. Villa d'Este, Lake Como'
    H. Newton, Archives de Nuit, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1992, pl. 45, variant, captioned ‘Panoramic nude – “With sunglasses and leather corset”, Villa d’Este, Lake Como’
    H. Newton, Sumo, Cologne: Taschen, 1999, n.p., titled Panoramic Nude, Lake Como, Italy.
    Helmut Newton: Work, Berlin: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2000, p. 226, titled Panoramic Nude, Lake Como, Italy, 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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POLAROIDS from the Piero Bisazza Collection


Max Magazine, Villa d'Este, Lake Como

Unique Polaroid print.
Image: 9.4 x 7.2 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
Sheet: 10.7 x 8.5 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

Titled, dated in ink in the margin; signed by the artist and printer's notations, all in pencil, on the verso.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £4,750

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London Auction 1 November 2018