Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Calla Lily’, 1988, Skinner

Image Size: 19 5/16 x 19.375 in. (48.8 x 49.0 cm), framed.
Sheet/Mount Measures: 23.875 x 20 in. (60.5 x 50.7 cm).

Robert Mapplethorpe's extensive and provocative body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Remarkable for their technical and formal mastery, Mapplethorpe made photographs that simultaneously challenge and observe classical aesthetic standards. What unites his diverse subjects—male and female nudes, homoerotic images, floral still lifes, and studio portraits of artists and celebrities—is the constancy of his approach. Each print demonstrates an infinite gradation of blacks, whites, and grays with rich interplays of shadow and light. Regardless of subject, his images are both elegant and suggestive. This is particularly true of his flowers, which draw on a rich history of artists' depictions of flora while also displaying an intense and alluring sensuality.—Courtesy of Skinner

A photocopy of the invoice accompanies the lot.

Signature: Inscribed, titled, dated, and numbered "1833...8/10" in black ink on the mount verso l.l., signed by Michael Ward Stout, executor, in blue ink and dated in black ink in photographer's estate copyright credit stamp on the mount verso l.c., inscribed "RMG # M9401 080-C" in pencil on the mount verso l.r.

Purchased from the Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1994, by a private Massachusetts collector.

About Robert Mapplethorpe

In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

American, 1946-1989, Queens, New York, based in New York, New York