Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Untitled (Art School Drawing)’, 1968, Sotheby's

Robert Mapplethorpe: Objects of Desire, Important Works from the Collection of David Croland

Signed and dated in pencil, framed to the photographer's specifications.

From the Catalogue:
Long before he was famous for his floral still lifes and boundary-pushing sadomasochistic portraits, Mapplethorpe was a young artist finding his voice while studying at Pratt Institute in the late 1960s. This vibrant, early drawing — with its unrestrained use of color — was made while he was still enrolled at Pratt.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Acquired from the photographer, circa 1971

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