Robert Mapplethorpe
Marianne Faithfull 1976, printed 2003

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Marianne Faithfull
Date 1976, printed 2003
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 342 x 341 mm
frame: 612 x 589 x 38 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

Online caption

In the 1970s Marianne Faithful was well-known in both Britain and America as a singer and as a member of the celebrity jet set. Mapplethorpe photographs her frontally in relation to a strong framework of horizontals and verticals (the balustrade and wall). Faithful’s arms form the hypotenuse of a right-angle triangle, bisected diagonally by her legs, torso and head. Despite the highly structured composition, Faithful seems spontaneous and fun-loving.

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