Michel Comte, ‘Untitled’, 1991, Heritage Auctions
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Michel Comte

Untitled, 1991

Gelatin silver
13 3/4 × 14 in
34.9 × 35.6 cm
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Condition Report: Sheet measures 20 x 16 inches; hinged to mat by the upper edge verso; a few thin …

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The photographer's blindstamp in margin recto.
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Michel Comte
Swiss, b. 1954
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Self-taught photographer Michel Comte's images of models and celebrities possess a unique sense of climax, as though everything has built up precisely to the moment he has captured. Often featuring women's nude bodies, his photographs are highly dramatic, suggestive of a larger, often sordid, narrative. In one of his most famous photographs—an image of Giselle Bündchen from 1999—the model scowls as she inhales from a cigarette. Naked from the waist up, she covers her breasts with her arms; her eye makeup is smeared and dripping, while decadent diamond jewelry hangs from her neck and ears. Such expressive portraits are complemented by Comte's ethereal landscapes, in which clouds disintegrate into the air and light flares accentuate bits of bright blue sky.

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Condition Report: Sheet measures 20 x 16 inches; hinged to mat by the upper edge verso; a few thin scratches to the upper left quadrant visible in raking light; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 26 X 21 Inches

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The photographer's blindstamp in margin recto.
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Michel Comte
Swiss, b. 1954
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Self-taught photographer Michel Comte's images of models and celebrities possess a unique sense of climax, as though everything has built up precisely to the moment he has captured. Often featuring women's nude bodies, his photographs are highly dramatic, suggestive of a larger, often sordid, narrative. In one of his most famous photographs—an image of Giselle Bündchen from 1999—the model scowls as she inhales from a cigarette. Naked from the waist up, she covers her breasts with her arms; her eye makeup is smeared and dripping, while decadent diamond jewelry hangs from her neck and ears. Such expressive portraits are complemented by Comte's ethereal landscapes, in which clouds disintegrate into the air and light flares accentuate bits of bright blue sky.

Michel Comte

Untitled, 1991

Gelatin silver
13 3/4 × 14 in
34.9 × 35.6 cm
Bidding closed