ARTIST ROOMS

Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith 1979

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Patti Smith
Date 1979
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 340 x 342 mm
Collection
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
Reference
AR00495

Online caption

This famous photograph of Patti Smith is a study in contrasts, not only between the black hair and white doves, between the gossamer-lightness of the dress and the sharpness of Smith’s features; but between the peaceful, almost arcadian atmosphere conjured up by the tree, doves and dress and the intensity of Smith’s gaze and expression.

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