Robert Mapplethorpe - New Now London Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1992

  • Literature

    Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Chatwin, Lady Lisa Lyon, New York, 1983, pp. 116-117 (another example illustrated)

  • 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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Lisa Lyon

signed, titled, numbered and dated '4/10 Lisa Lyon 1982 4/10 Robert Mapplethorpe' on the reverse
gelatin silver print
40.4 x 50.3 cm (15 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1982, this work is number 4 from an edition of 10.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £6,300

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London Auction 13 July 2021