'DOMESTIC NUDE X, YOUNG WOMAN LYING UNDER MY DESK', CHATEAU MARMONT, HOLLYWOOD, 1992
Oversized vintage silver print. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/5 in black ink on verso. With a gallery label bearing information about the work in facsimile affixed to the back of the frame. Matted and framed.
Image 71.5 x 107 cm (28⅛ x 42 ⅛ in.);
sheet 75.3 x 113.3 cm (29⅝ x 44⅝ in.)
An impressive mural print in very good condition. Strong tones and contrasts. Light waving to paper along upper edge. Under raking light are visible: a small bump near lower left corner, a soft handling mark near middle of lower edge, and some wrinkles especially in lower half of image resulting from the printing process. Some framing tape remnants along upper edge recto.
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Private collection, UK
Hamiltons Gallery, London
Arguably one of the most controversial fashion photographers of the late 20th century, Helmut Newton was a pioneer and an innovative image-maker. As seen in this selection of black-and-white nudes (Lots 63 - 67), Newton had an admiration for strong and powerful women. His take on the female nude was unseen at the time, featuring overtones of fetishism, sadomasochism and lesbianism.
Works such as Debra and Red, Exterior, Beverly Hills, 1991 or Untitled I, Bel Air, 1989, created a bridge between fashion, erotica and documentary photography. Newton used his practice to challenge traditional gender norms by bringing to light his dominating and sexually free muses.