About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Leaf
  • date created:
    1989
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 50.80 cm (framed: 81.70 x 78.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 2010
  • accession number:
    AR01146
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe