Lot Details

During the early 1980s, Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs began a shift toward a phase of refinement of subject and an emphasis on classical formal beauty. Striving for balance and perfection, this photograph is an excellent example of his work from this period, the statuesque male and female nudes for which Mapplethorpe is best known.

Measures 5 X 7 in (12.7 X 17.8 cm).

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: A few spots of edge chipping, visible only under close inspection. No other surfgace aberrations visible.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Gift of the artist Phillips de Pury, 14 November 2009
  • Pickup Location: Belgium
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 19.75 in. (50.8 x 50.16 cm.)
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