Robert Mapplethorpe - Summer Wave Paris Thursday, August 3, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Spain
    Phillips, London, 8 May 2014, lot 103
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Mapplethorpe rarely photographed nature outside in the raw and wild. The sea, with its changeable and unpredictable moods, would seem to be an unlikely subject for him, but the way that he tackles it gives it order and regularity - elements that are central to Mapplethorpe’s aesthetic.’ – Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Waves', Tate (online)

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Mapplethorpe

    American • 1946 - 1989

    After studying drawing, painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute in the 1960s, Robert Mapplethorpe began experimenting with photography while living in the notorious Chelsea Hotel with Patti Smith. Beginning with Polaroids, he soon moved on to a Hasselblad medium-format camera, which he used to explore aspects of life often only seen behind closed doors.

    By the 1980s Mapplethorpe's focus was predominantly in the studio, shooting portraits, flowers and nudes. His depiction of the human form in formal compositions reflects his love of classical sculpture and his groundbreaking marriage of those aesthetics with often challenging subject matter. Mapplethorpe's style is present regardless of subject matter — from erotic nudes to self-portraits and flowers — as he ceaselessly strove for what he called "perfection of form."

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signed, dated by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, in ink, titled, dated, numbered 8/15 in another hand in pencil, estate copyright credit reproduction limitation and signature stamp on the reverse of the mount
gelatin silver print
35.8 x 35.6 cm (14 1/8 x 14 in.)
Executed in 1980, this work is number 8 from an edition of 15.

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