Helmut Newton, ‘Two Pairs of Legs in Black Stockings, Paris’, 1979, Phillips

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From the Catalogue:
Helmut Newton’s Private Property Suites I, II and III (1984) are a compilation of images taken between 1972 and 1983. Part irreverent, part sardonic, and wholly unapologetic in their celebration of beauty and eroticism, these 45 works embody Newton’s distinctly seductive style. While each Suite was intended as an edition of 75, this was never realised and only 25 printings were made.

The following eight lots are highlights from Suite I and III. Two Pairs of Legs in Black Stockings (lot 13), taken from a floor-level, tilted angle, implies the hidden control exercised by its female protagonists. In Hotel Room, Place de la République (lot 14), the model tied to the bed highlights Newton’s fascination with fetishism and sadomasochism. Winnie at the Negresco (lot 15) contrasts the model’s bare body against the lush fur coat. Roselyne in Arcangues (lot 19), taken during the four days that Newton and the model spent in a chateau in France, demonstrates Newton’s presentation of women as simultaneously empowered and fetishised. These works showcase Newton’s use of photography to evoke erotic fantasies of desire and domination.
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Signature: Signed, numbered 6/75, 4, III in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

K. Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton: 47 Nudes, London: Thames & Hudson, 1982, p. 33
Helmut Newton: Private Property, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1989, pl. 34

Private Collection, New York
Christie's, New York, 23 April 2007, lot 227

About Helmut Newton

Dubbed the “King of Kink”, influential fashion photographer Helmut Newton made his name shooting models in striking, provocative black-and-white photographs for Vogue. “If a photographer says he is not a voyeur, he is an idiot,” he once said. Newton is considered to have imbued fashion photography with narrative depth, giving context to his subjects by creating stylized, dreamlike scenes. Vogue’s U.S. editor-in-chief Anna Wintour once described his work as “synonymous with Vogue at its most glamorous and mythic.” Newton was married to fellow photographer Alice Springs, and he led a glamorous life, associating with the likes of Billy Wilder, Dennis Hopper, and Robert Evans. He was particularly influential to the careers of the photographers Mark Arbeit, Just Loomis, and George Holz, who served as his assistants.

German-Australian, 1920-2004, Berlin, Germany

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