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    Sale 7624

    Photographs

    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    RAOUL UBAC (1910-1985 Belgian)

    Le Combat de Penthésilée II, 1937

    Price Realised  

    RAOUL UBAC (1910-1985 Belgian)
    Le Combat de Penthésilée II, 1937
    gelatin silver print
    credited, titled, numbered '2' and annotated 'état définitif collage/cliché disponible/état non solarisé' by artist, 'cat.rais no.80' by Christian Bouqueret in ink/pencil on verso
    6 5/8 x 9 1/8in. (16.8 x 23.1cm.)


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    Ubac's series of complex photomontages were created in stages. Starting off with multiple shots of the same nude, Ubac would re-photograph and montage different fragments until he achieved a final grouping, repeating the process many times over. In this highly experimental process, Ubac would apply various photographic techniques, including solarisation. The resulting images would read as a 'kind of optical corrossion...a violent deliquescence of matter...' (Krauss, p.70)

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    Provenance

    From the artist;
    by descent to his family;
    acquired by present owner, Christian Bouqueret, 1999.
    Bouqueret is a known Ubac scholar and author of the 2000 catalogue raisonné.


    Literature

    'Corpus Delicti', Krauss & Livingston, L'Amour Fou, Abbeville, 1985, pp.71-73, for other images in the series; Bouqueret (ed.), Raoul Ubac Photographie, Léo Scheer, 2000, pp.92-93, no.80; Begierde im Blick Surrealistische Photographie, Hamburg Kunsthalle, 2005, p.129.