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Jan Saudek (Czech, b.1935)
LOT ID: 67132
La Nuit, 1990

Silver Print, hand-colored gelatin silver print
11.8 х 15.7 in. (29.97 x 39.88 cm.)
Signed, "Jan Saudek" lower right on recto. Signed and numbered "4/50" on verso
Print/Casting Year 1990
Edition 4/50
Lot description
Saudek's best-known work is noted for its hand-tinted portrayal of painterly dream worlds, often inhabited by nude or semi-nude figures surrounded by bare plaster walls or painted backdrops, frequently re-using identical elements. Drawing on classical paintings, historical portraiture, and 19th-century pornographic studio photographs, the erotic images of Jan Saudek reveal a world of fantasy where artistic play and expression are given free range. Using elaborate backdrops and magical costumes, Saudek is both voyeur and participant, photographer and model, shifting back and forth in a style that lends the term autoportraiture new meaning.
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