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    Sale 7624

    Photographs

    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    BILL BRANDT (1904-1983 British)

    Campden Hill, London, c.1950

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    BILL BRANDT (1904-1983 British)
    Campden Hill, London, c.1950
    gelatin silver print
    credit stamp on verso
    9 x 7¾in. (22.8 x 19.8cm.)


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    Brandt's earliest nudes were quite distinct in character from the more abstracted compositions -- such as the stylised close-ups of body details on pebbled beaches -- with which he subsequently became so strongly associated. These early subjects are dark and claustrophobic, revealing aspects of his own perverse imagination as well as reflecting a multitude of external inspirations such as the distorted perspectives of Citizen Kane, the baroque chiaroscuro lighting of Peter Rose Pulham, and the contained or dislocated tensions within strands of 19th century literature, from Wuthering Heights to Alice in Wonderland.

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    Provenance

    With Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York;
    acquired by present owner.


    Literature

    Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980, Gordon Fraser, 1980, p.12; Jay & Warburton, Brandt: The Photography of Bill Brandt, Thames & Hudson, 1999, p.250, pl.226, dated '1949'.