Leaf
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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  • Artist Rooms
This is a black and white silver gelatin print of a single, rounded leaf shown against a flat, black background. The image possesses a sense of fragility and ethereality that differs from the fleshy quality of Mapplethorpe’s Orchid photographs. The delicate armature of the leaf, its veins spreading from a single, thin stem, is highlighted against the dark background. Mapplethorpe photographed different types of leaves, sometimes shown isolated as is the case here, at other times placed in a vase. These studio works are highly staged and, as with all of Mapplethorpe’s photographs, lit with precision.

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Silver Gelatine

Prints made in silver bromide or chloride carried in a layer of gelatine on paper.

Silver Gelatine

Details

  • Acc. No. AR01146
  • Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
  • Size 61.00 x 50.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 2010