Italy, May 1977 - August 1978
© Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

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Italy, May 1977 - August 1978 1977-1978
  • Artist Rooms
Woodman’s collection of photographs in ARTIST ROOMS originally belonged to her boyfriend, Benjamin P Moore, who appears alongside her in this double portrait. Woodman met Moore while she was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he now has an established reputation as a glass designer in America. This photograph was taken while Woodman was an exchange student in Rome between 1977 and 1978. This year of study abroad was an important period of self-recognition for the artist and she produced a substantial body of work there. She found an environment rich in classicism and decay and took most of her photographs in an abandoned factory, to creating a surreal, timeless atmosphere. Woodman uses strong lighting in this particular work to produce an intense psychological drama.

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Classicism

A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Classicism, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00353
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 14.30 x 15.80 cm (paper 14.70 x 16.30 cm) (framed: 45.80 x 40.20 x 2.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008