Lot 70
  • 70

Richard Avedon

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
77,500 GBP
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  • Richard Avedon
  •  ‘Marilyn Monroe, Actress, New York City', 1957
  • Silver print
  • Image 33 x 27 cm (13 x 10 ¾ in.);
    sheet 35.3 x 27.7 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Silver print, printed 1980, flush-mounted to linen. Signed and numbered 8/25 in black felt tip pen and with the photographer's copyright and edition stamps on the reverse. Mounted and framed.


Jane Corkin Gallery, New York


Anne Hollander, Richard Avedon: Woman in the Mirror, Abrams, New York, 2005, ill. p. 88;
Richard Avedon Portraits, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2002, ill. n.p.;
Richard Avedon, An Autobiography, Random House, New York, 1993, ill. pl. 134;
Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1994, ill. p. 138;
Michael Juul Holm, ed., Richard Avedon - Photographs 1946 - 2004, Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2007, ill. p. 60.

Catalogue Note

Richard Avedon aimed to highlight the true character of his subjects in his portraits. Whilst photographing Monroe in his studio in May 1957, he recalls: “For hours she danced and sang and flirted and did this thing that’s—she did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop. And when the night was over and the white wine was over and the dancing was over, she sat in the corner like a child, with everything gone. I saw her sitting quietly without expression on her face, and I walked towards her but I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no.”  One of the most photographed stars of our time whose charms, splendour and flirtations with tragedy were so wildly public, Avedon was able to capture the real Marilyn Monroe.