Robert Mapplethorpe

Katherine Cebrian

About this artwork

Katherine Cebrian was one of the ‘grandes dames’ of San Francisco society, who famously said: “I don’t even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.” When Mapplethorpe was in town for the opening of a show at the Lawson/DeCelle Gallery, its owner, Edward DeCelle, arranged for Mapplethorpe to photograph her. Mapplethorpe turned up at her house wearing a black leather outfit and a studded belt, spelling out the word ‘SHIT’. DeCelle recollected: “I held my breath, but then Mapplethorpe worked his quiet charms on the elderly woman…talking softly to her while he set up his tripod in the sitting room. Mapplethorpe placed her in a window seat, with her face in profile.”

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Katherine Cebrian
  • date created:
    1980
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    34.10 x 34.00 cm (framed: 61.30 x 58.70 x 3.9 cm)
  • object type:
  • 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
  • accession number:
    AR00205
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe