Robert Mapplethorpe Orchid and Hand 1983

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Orchid and Hand
Date 1983
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 373 x 375 mm
frame: 344 x 619 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
On loan to Clydebank Museum (Clydebank, UK)

Online caption

A rather thin, bony hand, severed from the rest of its body, is stretched out horizontally, holding a bizarrely shaped orchid. The uneasy relationship between the hand and orchid can be felt but not explained. In this respect it is similar to the way that Man Ray and other surrealist photographers created unsettling juxtapositions between objects and bodies.

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