09-27-2017 09-28-2017
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3029B Boston
September 27, 2017 12:00 PMCalender

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Calla Lily

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3029B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 27, 2017 12:00PM


Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989)

Calla Lily, 1988. Inscribed, titled, dated, and numbered "1833...8/10" in black ink on the mount verso l.l., signed by Michael Ward Stout, executor, in blue ink and dated in black ink in photographer's estate copyright credit stamp on the mount verso l.c., inscribed "RMG # M9401 080-C" in pencil on the mount verso l.r. Gelatin silver print mounted to thin board, image size 19 5/16 x 19 3/8 in. (48.8 x 49.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: Purchased from the Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1994, by a private Massachusetts collector.

N.B. Robert Mapplethorpe's extensive and provocative body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Remarkable for their technical and formal mastery, Mapplethorpe made photographs that simultaneously challenge and observe classical aesthetic standards. What unites his diverse subjects--male and female nudes, homoerotic images, floral still lifes, and studio portraits of artists and celebrities--is the constancy of his approach. Each print demonstrates an infinite gradation of blacks, whites, and grays with rich interplays of shadow and light. Regardless of subject, his images are both elegant and suggestive. This is particularly true of his flowers, which draw on a rich history of artists' depictions of flora while also displaying an intense and alluring sensuality.

A photocopy of the invoice accompanies the lot.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sheet/mount measures 23 7/8 x 20 in. (60.5 x 50.7 cm). The print is in good condition; there are no issues to report.

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B. Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Ward Stout, Calla Lily