Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith

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About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    Patti Smith
  • accession number:
    AR00186
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1976
  • measurements:
    34.00 x 34.10 cm (framed: 61.20 x 58.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    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
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe