#PhotoCollection : William Eggleston
Absolute master of colour photography, William Eggleston knew better than anyone how to handle the saturation of primary colours to tell us the strata of modernism in American society in the second half of the 20th century. Its message through a standardized culture is often denunciatory or simply observant.
His titles Untitled mark the idea of an objective testimony, however his framing elegantly closes within four walls a very precise and well chosen subject, giving free rein to our imagination and interpretation. Here in Louisiana, we are in the laundry room with an iron resting on a washing machine. Shining tools that embellish the American dream and emancipate man through the machine. Machine that still needs man after all. By its location in Louisiana, Eggleston reminds us of the dark years but also of years of struggle for much greater equality. The light through the window is a source of hope and the household appliances are at rest, indicating a certain calmness.The message is timeless because human rights, no matter where we are located, are always called into question. On the other hand, Eggleston’s style, objects and especially its colours are a very specific brand of the 1980s. William Eggleston draws his influences from masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans or Robert Frank and his work in colour will leave its mark on subsequent generations of photographers such as Martin Parr or Stephen Shore. Eggleston’s career has just undergone a prestigious new chapter as his work is now represented exclusively by the David Zwirner Gallery, one of the few merchants to have risen to the Giga-galleries circle. It is undeniable that the artist’s rib should experience rising curves soon if this is not already the case.
Condition:This dye-transfer print is in excellent overall condition. With unidentified light red marks in the lower margin and light yellow, red and blue marks that might result from the negative colors in the upper right corner, all away from the image.
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