Francesca Woodman


Lot Closed

December 14, 09:42 PM GMT


4,800 - 5,500 USD

Lot Details


Francesca Woodman



Executed May of 1977- August of 1978

gelatin silver print

Framed; 14 ½ by 15 ½ by 1 ½ in. (36.2 by 39.4 by 3.8 cm.)

Collection of Donna Stone, Chicago

Francesca Woodman is remembered for her black-and-white self-portraits, characterized by her use of long shutter speeds and double exposure. These blurred images lend a sense of movement and urgency to her explorations of sexuality and the body, often belying influences of Surrealism and conceptual art with the incorporation of recurring symbolic motifs of birds, mirrors, and skulls.

Though Woodman’s work was not frequently exhibited during her lifetime, she has been the subject of numerous posthumous solo exhibitions, including those at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Tate Liverpool, Liverpool.

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