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Thomas Struth
B.1954
'PARADISE 17, CALIFORNIA', 1999
Chromogenic print, Diasec mounted. Signed in pencil on an artist's label, and with two gallery labels bearing information about the work in facsimile affixed to the back of the frame. Edition 4/10.
Sheet 171 x 240 cm (67 ⅓ x 94 ½ in.)
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Provenance

Galerie Xippas, Paris
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Catalogue Note

Thomas Struth’s Paradise series confronts viewers with an almost overwhelming quantity of detail. Dense, textured undergrowth and criss-crossing plant forms disorientate, as the depth and scale of the images cannot be determined; yet it is this confusion which, Struth suggests, creates an inner calmness. “I wanted to make photographs in which everything was so complex and detailed that you could look at them forever and never see anything,” he claims, and in doing so captures a sense of harmony and peace. In search of finding a ‘paradise’, Struth left his native Germany and scoured the world for unspoiled locations. The series includes photographs taken in Australia, Asia, South America, and many more diverse settings.  

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