• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2304

    Photographs

    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 305

    WILLIAM EGGLESTON (B. 1939)

    English Rose, 1986

    Price Realised  

    WILLIAM EGGLESTON (B. 1939)
    English Rose, 1986
    40 chromogenic prints, possibly unique; each signed in ink (on the verso); each approximately 16 x 10 5/8in. (41.2 x 27.5cm.) or the reverse; including Portrait of William Eggleston, New Orleans, LA, 1986, by Tom Young, signed, titled and dated in ink (on the verso); 15 x 10in. (38.5 x 25.7cm.) (40)


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    In the mid to late 1980s, Eggleston began taking a series of color photographs of England which he refers to as English Rose. Gifted from the artist to a local Memphis friend, this selection of prints represents the only photographs from this series to appear at auction, and is considered the only group of its kind in existence today.

    The absence of a human presence and the sheer innocence captured in the flowers recall his signature style, while also revealing a Romantic sensibility. As he expressed, 'The Englishness is crystallized in the rose, though I would like to photograph all the flowers. The English understand and need gardens....About five years ago, I rediscovered Max Reinhardt's film of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which, although it was dark, reminded me that England was a garden.' (Eggleston, Ancient and Modern, p. 154).

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TENNESSEE


    Literature

    Eggleston, Ancient and Modern, Random House, 1992, p. 162, for a number of illustrations