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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    St. Martin's Press, R. Mapplethorpe, Lady: Lisa Lyon, New York, 1983, p. 23

  • 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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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LISA LYON

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Lisa Lyon

1980
Gelatin silver print.
35.6 x 35.6 cm. (14 x 14 in).
Signed and numbered AP 1/2 in ink in the margin; signed, dated in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 15 plus 3 artist's proofs.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £4,750

Photographs

16 May 2009, 3pm
London