Upstairs at Maxim's


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.

Buy Direct from our Gallery

(opens in new tab)

Description


‘Upstairs at Maxim’s’ (1978) indulges in one of Newton’s most famous motifs - the mannequin. Set in a famous French restaurant, Newton subtly plays with our optical capacity to read suggested form. For only after one notices the detached hand of the model does Newton’s work reveal is imaginative artificiality. This clever illusion presents not fashion as the subject of the photo but Newton’s witty creativity. The mannequin was to constantly recur within Newton’s imagery, influenced by his interest in Surrealist sculpture and its ability to create interesting dialogues surrounding agency, irreality and sincerity of fashion.

I am very attracted by bad taste-it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things.


Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights


Buy Direct from our gallery

(opens in new tab)

Photoshoot Details

Location     :     Paris
Date             :     1975-8
Magazine   :     Vogue (France)
Designer     :     Chanel


Material

Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


Sizes

Small: 30 x 41 cm (12 X 16")
Medium: 41 x 51 cm (16 X 20")


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.

Buy Direct from our gallery

(opens in new tab)