Patti Smith
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Patti Smith 1976
  • Artist Rooms
This is one of Mapplethorpe’s most carefully structured images. Patti Smith, the American singer-songwriter, and Mapplethorpe had lived together in the late 1960s and remained close friends after they parted. In this photo Smith is posing nude in a hunched-up, seated position, so that her body becomes the centre of a network of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines.


  • Acc. No. AR00186
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 34.00 x 34.10 cm (framed: 50.80 x 40.60 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