Surprise


A rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in limited numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985.

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Description


Taken on a beach in St Tropez, ‘Surprise’ encapsulates the conception of femininity that Helmut Newton sought to portray through his photography. At once, both elegantly serene and sexually promiscuous, independent and an object of male gaze, Newton juxtaposes the quiet contemplation of the sitter with confrontational physicality of the woman approaching. Newton’s femininity was equal parts sophisticated and unrestrained.

I have always avoided photographing in the studio. A woman does not spend her life sitting or standing in front of a seamless white paper background. Although it makes my life more complicated, I prefer to take my camera out into the street... and places that are out of bounds for photographers have always had a special attraction for me.


Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights


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Photoshoot Details

Location     :     Cannes
Date             :     1981
Magazine   :     Vogue (France)
Designer     :     Barthet, Revillon,                                                                      Yvan & Marzia


Material

Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


Sizes

Medium: 41cm x 51cm | Edition: 3


Source

Verified Authentic from the collection of vintage prints gifted to Newton’s agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s “Private Property” series of exhibitions in 1985.


Certification

This limited edition fine art print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012.


Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

Your Investment Opportunity


This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.

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