Richard Avedon, ‘Francis Bacon, artist, Paris, April 11, 1979’, 1979, Phillips

Collection of Georges Bermann

From the Catalogue:
‘The white background isolates the subject from itself and permits you to explore the geography of the face; the unexplored continents in the human face.’

Richard Avedon
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed, numbered 3/10 in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, title, date and edition stamps on the reverse of the linen flush-mount.

R. Avedon, An Autobiography, Random House, 1993, pl. 214
Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, Random House, 1994, pp. 56, 161
Richard Avedon: Portraits, Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Abrams, 2002, n.p.
Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2007, pp. 124-125

Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 19 October 2006, lot 243

About Richard Avedon

Although Richard Avedon’s celebrated fashion photographs have graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Life, the artist primarily referred to himself as a portrait photographer. Avedon’s fashion shots are profoundly dramatic and dynamic, often capturing the model in motion. Along with his own acquaintances and various ordinary people, Avedon took photographs of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures ranging from Bertrand Russell to Marilyn Monroe. In both his commercial assignments and his portrait work, Avedon’s meticulous approach and penetrating gaze sought to capture the essence of each unique subject and moment in time.

American, 1923-2004, New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2012
New York,
Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits
2011
Avedon / Paris