High Heeled Boot by Karl Lagerfeld, Monte Carlo

1995


Dimensions

Sheet: 60.5 x 49.8 cm (23 13/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1862

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print from an X-ray negative

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Helmut Newton, who was born in Germany and was based for many years in Paris, became well known in the 1970s for images that convey a provocative, voyeuristic objectification of women. Here he uses the X-ray, a tool generally associated with medical examinations, to make this rendering of a high-heeled buckled boot. Through the X-ray, the photographer creates an eye-catching representation and a seemingly clinical, as well as sardonic, comment on the lengths to which women are willing to go to appear alluring.

Inscription

Signed, titled, numbered '1/10' in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps (on verso)

Signed

Signed

Provenance

Christie's, New York, Sale: 17 October 2006, Lot 16; sold to MFA Boston. (Accession Date: December 13, 2006)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund