Patrice
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Patrice 1977 (printed 1992)
  • Artist Rooms
In this work Mapplethorpe removed the man’s torso, head and lower legs from the frame. Instead he focused the composition on the man’s groin (he wears a studded belted jock-strap), his muscular naked right thigh, leather-jacketed lower right arm and right hand, clenched in a fist. It is a highly structured composition, typical of the way in which Mapplethorpe used the medium of photography to create works with a three-dimensional quality. The strong lighting and stark shadows, together with the strength of the man’s stance and a sense of the unseen parts of the subject, result in a powerful and challenging image. By titling the work with the name of his sitter, ‘Patrice’, Mapplethorpe gave his subject an identity and individuality, even while showing him as faceless and anonymous.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Composition

Details

  • Acc. No. AR01138
  • Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
  • Size 50.80 x 40.60 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 2010