Blue Calla Lily

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne, 28 November 2013, lot 340

  • Literature

    Mapplethorpe, Pistils, p. 153

  • Artist Bio

    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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Blue Calla Lily

1988
Color photogravure.
19 1/8 x 19 1/8 in. (48.6 x 48.6 cm)
Overall 42 7/8 x 32 in. (108.9 x 81.3 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 22/25 in pencil in the margin.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019