Lot 37
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Francesca Woodman

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Francesca Woodman
  • 'Untitled' (from the Swan Song series), Providence, Rhode Island, 1978
  • 107.4 x 119.9 cm (42¼ x 47 in.)
Chromogenic print, printed later by her estate, flush-mounted to aluminum. With a gallery label bearing information about the work in facsimile affixed to the back of the mount. Edition 1/10. Framed. 


Victoria Miro Gallery, London 
Private collection, UK

Catalogue Note

The meaning of Francesca Woodman’s work has always been subject of debate. Some argue her main theme was feminism, exploring the way women were forced to conceal and disguise their true selves through her self-portraiture. Others classify her as a Surrealist photographer, drawing similarities with artists such as Man Ray or Hans Bellmer. However, what can clearly be understood through her work is her deep understanding of the medium as a tool for self exploration. In spite of her short career due to her untimely death in 1981 at the age of 22, she produced over 800 untitled prints. Woodman's photographs are full of ambiguities and a feeling of disconnection from her time. The spaces she chose to shoot in and the props in her work refer back to an earlier era, almost portraying herself as an outsider from the world she was living in.