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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 121

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

    Lisa and Henriette, hanging out washing in the middle of the night, in my backyard, Ramatuelle, 1980

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    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
    Lisa and Henriette, hanging out washing in the middle of the night, in my backyard, Ramatuelle, 1980
    chromogenic Polaroid print
    signed, titled and dated in pencil (on the verso)
    2 7/8 x 3¾in. (7.3 x 9.5cm.)


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    The girls in this Polaroid, Lisa and Henriette, are better known as 'Big Nude I' and 'Big Nude III'. Both also feature in 'Sie Kommen'. Newton invited them to spend some time at his home in Ramatuelle where they posed for numerous pictures, perhaps most notably 'Henriette Ficelée', suggesting a date for this Polaroid of 1980 as against the circa 1979 given in Pola Woman. This informal way of working was uncharacteristic for a photographer so used to making his pictures to fulfil commercial commissions of one kind or another.

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Literature

    Newton, Pola Woman, Schirmer Art Books, 1992, p. 116.