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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    GUY BOURDIN (1928-1991)

    Grès -- le soir, des robes sculptées, 1976

    Price Realised  

    GUY BOURDIN (1928-1991)
    Grès -- le soir, des robes sculptées, 1976
    chromogenic print
    9½ x 13 1/8in. (24 x 33.3cm.)


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    Provenance

    From the artist to Nancy Hall-Duncan;
    Christie's, London, by private treaty, November, 2006.


    Literature

    French Vogue, March 1976, pp. 146-147.


    Exhibited

    The History of Fashion Photography, curated by Nancy Hall-Duncan at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, June 25 - October 2, 1978, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, November 18, 1977 - January 8, 1978, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, March 3 - April 16, 1978, The Art Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, May 18 - July 31, 1978, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, August 30 - September 30, 1978.


    Post Lot Text

    This and the four other vintage color prints by Guy Bourdin in the present catalogue (lots 15, 215, 221 and 222) are rare, likely unique prints from a time when Bourdin made virtually no color prints. He had no reason to, working as he did for the magazine page, submitting his original transparencies from which the printing plates would be engraved. The present prints were made for Nancy-Hall Duncan's pioneering exhibition 'The History of Fashion Photography', the first scholarly and substantial museum exhibition to focus on this aspect of the medium.

    Hall-Duncan states that 'The resulting group of vintage color prints is, to my knowledge, the only such group extant in private hands.'