Lot 24
  • 24

Richard Avedon

Estimate
150,000 - 200,000 GBP
Sold
237,000 GBP
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Description

  • Richard Avedon
  • 'Avedon/Paris', 1978
  • Prints
  • Each print approx. 36.2 x 45.7 cm (14¼ x 18 in.) or the reverse
    Box 54.5 x 43 x 3.5 cm (21½ x 17 x 1  3/8  in.)
Portfolio with 11 silver prints, printed 1978. Each signed and numbered 60/75 in pencil and with the portfolio, copyright and individual title stamps on the reverse. Together with the printed plate list/colophon, within a wrapper as issued, signed and numbered 60/75 in pencil on the front, and the individual wrappers numbered sequentially 1 to 11 in pencil. Self-published, New York, 1978. With the original linen clamshell box with the photographer's name printed in red. Each print individually mounted and framed.

Provenance

Christie's Paris, Photographies provent de la Fondation Richard Avedon, 20 November 2010, Lot 17
Private collection, UK

Literature

Fraenkel Gallery, Richard Avedon: Made in France, n.p.
Shanahan, Evidence 1944-1994: Richard Avedon, pp. 38, 48, 50-51, 129, 135

Catalogue Note

This portfolio, Avedon/Paris, was put together in 1978 to celebrate Avedon's retrospective exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The eleven images included, all taken in Paris between 1947 and 1957, are brilliant examples of the work the American photographer executed to elevate fashion photography into an art standpoint. The women portrayed in these photographs showcase the effortless glamour and playfulness that Avedon imagined for his models. He gave them evidence of being human, the urban woman, constantly on the go in a luxurious and sophisticated environment. As stated in his obituary published by The New York Times, "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century".
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