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Robert Mapplethorpe
'LYDIA', 1987
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
8
Robert Mapplethorpe
'LYDIA', 1987
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Robert Mapplethorpe
1946-1989
'LYDIA', 1987
Vintage silver print, dry-mounted to card. Signed and dated in black ink in the photographer's copyright stamp, and titled, dated and numbered 2/10 in an unknown hand on the reverse.
Image 48.4 x 58.5 cm (19 x 23 in.);
sheet 50.5 x 60.5 cm (20 x 24 in.)
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Literature

Janet Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 1988, ill. p. 95;
Robert Mapplethorpe, Ten by Ten, Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1988, ill. pl. 54.

Catalogue Note

Mapplethorpe’s photographs dominated the 1980s. The decade marked the peak of his career; he produced numerous powerful and provocative images, the treatment of which garnered international fame.  In contrast to his celebrity portraits, his photographs of both male and female nudes rendered in an almost statuesque fashion demonstrate his fascination with the human body. These images, such as Lydia, often show only sections of the human figure in unusual compositions, appearing almost sculptural in form.  “To make pictures big is to make them more powerful”, Mappethorpe has claimed, and this certainly seems to be the case with Lydia; the large-scale adds to the power of this image. Taken only a few years before his death in 1989, Lydia is an example of Mapplethorpe’s continued creativity and staggering ability to create iconic images. 

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