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Robert Mapplethorpe
CALLA LILY
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 110,500 USD
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420
Robert Mapplethorpe
CALLA LILY
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 110,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Robert Mapplethorpe
1946-1989
CALLA LILY

signed, titled, dated, numbered 1/1 and copyright insignia by Michael Ward Stout, Executor on the reverse


platinum print


19 7/8 by 19 3/4 in. 61 by 50.8 cm.
Executed in 1986, this work is unique in this medium and format.
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Provenance

Cheim & Read, New York
Christie's, New York, October 15, 2004, lot 203
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Literature

Richard Marshall, Robert Mapplethorpe, New York, 1988, p. 181

Catalogue Note

"Mapplethorpe's flowers are as carefully positioned as his human subjects. His still lifes are stark -- usually only one or two flowers, and often in shadow -- but they display a raw sexuality even more powerful than that of the nudes. His treatment of the male and female aspects of the calla lily is most striking, one photograph emphasizing the flower's phallic stamen, another emphasizing its feminine curves." - Deborah A. Levinson

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