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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

    Sie Kommen, Paris (Naked and Dressed), Vogue Studios, 1981

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    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
    Sie Kommen, Paris (Naked and Dressed), Vogue Studios, 1981
    4 panel gelatin silver print, flush-mounted
    each signed, titled, dated, numbered 'ea II/III', annotated 'from the Venice Biennal Plazo Grassi, 1995' in ink on label affixed (on the reverse of the flush-mount); one with Biennal label affixed (on the frame backing)
    each 76 x 38¾in. (193 x 98.5cm.) (2)

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    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York;
    acquired 1995.


    French Vogue, November 1981;
    Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton 47 Nudes, Thames and Hudson, 1982, p. 47 (naked);
    Newton, Workd Without Men, Schirmer Mosel, 1984, p. 72;
    Helmut Newton in Moskau, The Photographic Work, Puschkin Museum, October 3 - November 5, 1989, p. 41;
    Harrison, Appearances: Fashion Photography since 1945, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 24;
    Helmut Newton Aus Dem Photographischen Werk, Schirmer Mosel, 1993, pp. 31-32;
    Newton, Pages from the Glossies: Facsimilies, 1956-1998, Scalo, 1998, p. 43;
    Helmut Newton: Work, Taschen, 2000, p. 189.

    Post Lot Text

    Sie Kommen is the tour de force from the two series of Naked and Dressed fashion studies that Newton conceived and executed for Italian and French Vogue (published in October and November respectively). The series involved considerable challenges. The pairs shot for Italian Vogue were made in daylight that was changing constantly, yet which had to be closely matched. The studio groups for French Vogue involved the even more complex challenge of simultaneously choreographing and matching the poses of the four figures.

    Sie Kommen is presented here in the exceptional life-size format printed on four panels.