Artist: Helmut Newton (German/Australian, 1920-2004).
Title: "Rue Aubriot I, Fashion Model Smoking, Paris, 1975 [large format]".
Medium: Original photolithograph.
Date: Composed 1975. Printed 1985.
Dimensions: Overall size: 20 11/16 x 13 13/16 in. (525 x 351 mm).
Lot Note(s): Signed "Helmut" in black marker, lower left. Edition unknown, presumed small. High-grade archival paper. Printed to the edge of the sheet. Fine, quality printing. Very good to fine condition. Provenance: Through the photographer Wolfgang Sievers; from an extensive private collection, Melbourne, Australia. Comment(s): From Newton's Private Property Collection #1. It features actress and model Vibeke Knudsen “standing alone in a lamplit Parisian street. Styled in a deliberately androgynous outfit made up of Yves Saint Laurent's cult Le Smoking dinner jacket, pin-striped wide leg formal trousers and white tie, the photograph was to immortalize the Yves Saint Laurent aesthetic that took over the 1970’s. Newton loved to shoot outdoors and this night-time scene, using only the street lighting available, was directly drawn from the nocturnal photographs of his hero, Brassai. Recalling the shoot in an interview with New York Magazine in 1988 Newton said: 'Vibeke was a girl I often worked with in those days. The idea was a man-woman standing in the street at night - the street, in fact, in Paris' Marais district, where I lived for 14 years.’ Newton’s own house can be seen in the background.” Image copyright © Helmut Newton Foundation. [30320-4-800]