Robert Mapplethorpe

Patrice

About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Patrice
  • date created:
    1977 (printed 1992)
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    (framed: 61.10 x 58.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 2010
  • accession number:
    AR01138
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe