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    Sale 7624


    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 71

    HELMUT NEWTON (German 1920-2004)

    Big Nude III, Paris, 1980

    Price Realised  


    HELMUT NEWTON (German 1920-2004)
    Big Nude III, Paris, 1980
    gelatin silver print
    signed and numbered '3986/4' in pencil on verso
    22 1/8 x 18¼in. (57.1 x 46.3cm.)

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    This image, Newton's most widely recognised and emblematic nude, was created as an element in a complex composition made for French Vogue. Newton was inspired by press pictures he had seen of the offices of German anti-terrorist police in which life-size blow-ups of suspects allowed the officers to familiarise themselves with their targets. Newton set out to recreate such a scene but with nude female subjects. The constituent images were presented individually in the exhibition Newton Photographies 1980-1981 at the Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris. Big Nude III -- the poster image for the show -- started out on her unstoppable trajectory as a powerful emblem of Newton's forceful vision and a towering icon in the history of photography.

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    With Photology, Milan;
    acquired by present owner.


    'Constat de Beauté', Paris Vogue, October 1980, p.227; Lamarche-Vadel (ed.), Artistes: Revue Bimestrielle d'Art Contemporain, Paris, January -- February 1981, front cover; Newton, Big Nudes, Schirmer/Mosel, 1990, n.p.; Newton, Pages from the Glossies: Facsimiles 1956-1998, Steidl, 1998, p.435; Newton, Sumo, Taschen, 1999, front cover & within; Heiting (ed.), Helmut Newton: Work, Taschen, 2000, p.172.