• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7624


    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 77

    WOUT BERGER (b.1941 Dutch)

    Greenhouse with Ferns, 2001

    Price Realised  


    WOUT BERGER (b.1941 Dutch)
    Greenhouse with Ferns, 2001
    oversized chromogenic print
    signed, titled, dated and numbered '2/3' in ink on backing board
    47 x 59in. (120 x 150cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    This work is number 2 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 1 AP.

    Juxtaposing the rigid grid of a sprawling hot-house with flourishing hanging plants, Berger's Greenhouse with Ferns, is a brilliant study of colour and light as found in the highly automated agriculture industry of Holland. As part of the larger government-commissioned 2000 project (and subsequent book) Zand, Water, Veen: Harena, Aqua, Palus, Berger was one of four artists assigned to photograph the beach, pond areas and peat meadow district of Holland in an effort to not only '"catch" the landscape, but also bring into the picture all the facets of the area's identity.' (p.89) Berger's verdant image is a meticulous inventory of this unique environment, illuminating the contrast between thriving nature and austere man-made architecture.

    Berger's works have been exhibited widely in Europe and the US, recently in the exhibition Ecotopia at the International Center for Photography, New York and are held in private, corporate and institutional collections, including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and LaSalle National Bank, Chicago. He has published numerous books and received government and private commissions to photograph the landscape of the Netherlands. He lives and works in Vitdam.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Van Kranendonk (ed.), Zand Water Veen -- Harena Aqua Palus [Sand Water Peat], De Verbeelding, 2001, p.14, titled 'Zevenhoven' (fig.F); Gierstberg (ed.), Dutch Dare: Contemporary Photography from the Netherlands, NAi, 2006, p.22 (fig.D); Van den Heuvel & Metz, Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, NAi, 2008, p.45 (fig.E).