THOMAS STRUTH "PRADO, MADRID ROOM 12" 2005
Thomas Struth is one of the most intriguing and influential photographers who came from the Dusseldorf Academy.
Struth first studied with Gerhard Richter, who encouraged Struth to devote himself to photography.
Shortly after their school established a Photography department lead by Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Along with Candida Hofer, Struth would become the school's most successful and revered alumni (alongside their mentors the Bechers)
All of these photographers explored urban and institutional portraiture; realizing images that were void of sentimentality and minimal post-production.
In the late 1980's Struth began focusing on photographing Museums and the series achieved him international acclaim.
In 2005 Struth's work experienced a breakthrough with this body of work executed at the Prado. He realized five images of crowds encountering Velazquez's masterpiece Las Meninas all shot from slightly varied angles.
Appropriately, Struth would become the first photographer to have their work exhibited at the Prado in 2007
These works encourage many interpretations about the role of spectatorship, what it means to experience a masterpiece and photography's relationship to painting.
Struth is also one of a handful of contemporary photographers whose works have achieved more than $1 million dollars at auction.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an affordable and iconic work by one of the most collected photographers of our era.
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Note: This item includes the limited edition book "Making Time" that includes the photograph:
"Museo del Prado, Madrid (Room 12), 2005"
Signed, and numbered by the artist verso.
11.25"W 9,5"H (work)
Germany, 2005 (printed 2009)
Very good condition.