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Francesca WoodmanFrom Angel Series, Roma, September 1977 1977

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Artist
Francesca Woodman (1958‑1981)
Title
From Angel Series, Roma, September 1977
Date 1977
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 93 x 93 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
AR00354
On loan to Bodelwyddan Castle (Bodelwyddan, UK)

Online caption

In this photograph the artist has dressed herself in large crumpled sheets of paper, creating a ghostly form. This is one of a series of similar works by Woodman produced between 1977 and 1978 exploring the theme of angels, in which prolonged exposure is used to create a spectral blur. Taken in a deserted factory in Rome, Woodman uses abandoned debris to create an ethereal, mystical image in the tradition of Surrealism. The mythological theme of the angel is popular with Woodman and suggests a link with American fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville (born 1938)… (read more)

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