Lee Friedlander (1934-) - Nude (Madonna) 1979

Lee Friedlander (1934-) - Nude (Madonna) 1979
Gelatin-silver print - Signed

Lee Friedlander (b. 1934), Nude (Madonna), 1979

Sheet dimensions: 33.0 x 21.9 cm / 13 x 8-5/8 in.
Frame dimensions: 43.5 x 54.3 x 3.8 cm

Signed, titled, and dated in pencil with the photographer's stamp verso

Condition report:

Sheet is cornered to board measuring 20-3/4 x 16-3/4 inches; one approximate 1/2 inch crease to the left margin, not affecting the image; one 1/4 inch crease extending into the upper edge of the image, most noticeable in raking light; tape along upper edge verso, most likely left behind from a previous mounting job; minor edgewear and corner bumps; framed under acrylic.

-Heritage Auctions, Texas, Oct. 2019 (Current seller owns the Heritage invoice, has been seen by CW)
-Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas;
-Private Collection, New York.

In 1979, a then unknown Madonna Louise Ciccone replied to an ad by Lee Friedlander seeking subjects and was paid a small amount to be photographed nude, signing a release form. The results are a startling portrait of a young, independent, strong woman before her meteoric rise to fame where she would be become universally known as Madonna, captured by one of the greatest living American photographers.

Lot details
Lee Friedlander (1934-)
Title of artwork
Nude (Madonna) 1979
Gelatin-silver print
Vintage print
Printed later
Image size
33×21.9 cm
Total dimensions
54.3×43.5×3.8 cm
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