Meret Oppenheim - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • “I never collaborated with the Surrealists. I always did what I wanted and was discovered by them by chance, you might say.”
    —Meret Oppenheim, 1981

    • Provenance

      Gift of the artist
      Dr. Renate Stendhal, San Rafael, California

    • Literature

      see Bice Curiger AD109

    • Catalogue Essay

      The photograph was originally taken by Heinz Günther Mebusch, Düsseldorf, in 1978, showing more of the artist and printed in an edition of 50. It was cropped to this version and reprinted with photo-lithography for Bolaffi Arte and Club dei Cinquemila.

      Author Renate Stendhal was the studio assistant for Meret Oppenheim from 1973 to 1980 — the time when feminists and the art world (re)discovered the artist of Object the “fur-lined teacup.” Renate helped Meret brainstorm and formulate her position on women’s art, write her famous Basel speech, discuss bi-sexuality, and write German and French letters on the topic of feminism to male critics and writers. Stendhal’s account of her Paris years was published as Kiss Me Again, Paris: A Memoir, IFSF Publishing, 2016.


Portrait (Foto) mit Tätowierung (Portrait (photo) with Tattoo) (see C. AD109)

Photolithograph in colors, on a folded card (as issued), printed text inside, with full margins.
I. 3 x 3 in. (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
S. 5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 10.5 cm) (folded)

Signed with initials, dated and inscribed 'Für Renate Stendhal mit lieben Grüssen Meret' in pencil, from the edition of 5,000, published by Bolaffi Arte, Turin, framed.

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$1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for $1,080

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023