BARON WILHELM VON GLOEDEN | SELECTED IMAGES (NUDE STUDIES)
THIS LOT IS BEING OFFERED AT NO RESERVE
Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring
BARON WILHELM VON GLOEDEN
SELECTED IMAGES (NUDE STUDIES)
each with numerical notations in pencil and 4 with a Lucio Amelio collection stamp on the reverse
17 gelatin silver prints
Each Image: approximately 9¼ by 7 in. (23.5 by 17.8 cm.) or the reverse
Each Sheet: approximately 10 by 7½ in. (25.4 by 19.1 cm.) or the reverse
Executed circa 1900, printed later.
These gelatin silver prints are in generally excellent condition. 14 are on semi-glossy paper and 3 are on matte-surface paper. When examined closely in raking light, occasional creases and linear impressions are visible. The sheets are gently rippled, mostly at the margin edges. There is minor wear to the edges and corners of the black margins.
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Estate of Keith Haring, New York
The Keith Haring Foundation (by bequest from the above in 1990)
Wilhem von Gloeden would most certainly have appealed to Haring, as he was creating radically erotic queer art in the conservative Victorian and Edwardian eras. Von Gloeden left Germany in the 1870s for the warmth of Sicily, where he would remain for the majority of his life. There he began photographing local Sicilian youth, often nude and in a relatively erotic manner. While these homoerotic images were often traded among queer men forced to live in the closet, von Gloeden’s landscapes and more chaste images of Sicilian locals gained him acclaim. Luminaries such as Oscar Wilde were supporters of von Gloeden’s homoerotic work.