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Bettina Rheims: “CHAMBRE CLOSE”, 1991, C- print in colors, two sizes: 78 x 78 cm, edition of 3 copies and 2 artist proofs, size : 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15 copies. Copyright © Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims: “CHAMBRE CLOSE”, 1991, C- print in colors, two sizes: 78 x 78 cm, edition of 3 copies and 2 artist proofs, size : 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15 copies. Copyright © Bettina Rheims. Price upon Request.

About this Artwork

Since the early 1980s, Bettina Rheims has been the most sought-after French photographer. From her very beginnings, the female body has been the central focus of her work. Her unusual and provocatvie portrais and nude images each reveal a hidden part of the subject. She regularly caused stirs with projects such as Chambre close (1992), the story of a Paris voyeur watching women in hotels; KIM, a documentary on a transsexual; I.N. R. I. (1999), a sequence on the life of Christ, Shanghai (2004), featuring women in the midst of a powerful cultural, economic and spiritual evolution, and, most recently, Heroines (2006).

About the artist

Since the early 1980s, Bettina Rheims (* 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine) has been the most sought-after French photographer. From her very beginnings, the female body has been the central focus of her work. Her unusual and provocatvie portrais and nude images each reveal a hidden part of the subject. Spanning commercial work and artistic series, the work of Bettina Rheims impresses with each photo, as much for the vigor of each image as for the thrilling variety of Rheims’s subjects and aesthetics. With equal attention to anonymous subjects cast in the street as to such global beauty stars as Kate Moss, Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, her artwork showcases Rheims’s particular interest in female fragility and strength, and of the magic encounter between model and artist which disrupts codes of so-called eroticism to build up a new image system for womanhood.

More Artwork by Bettina Rheims

At the beginning of the 1990s, Bettina Rheims worked on one of her major series, entitled Chambre Close (1990-1992). This was her first in colour and marked the start of her collaboration with the novelist Serge Bramly, in a work which saw her photographs coupled with the writer’s fiction. In its form, Chambre Close is a parody of the first pornographic photos — rooms with faded walls, old fashioned wallpaper — yet, in its substance, it endeavours to stage amateur models in poses playing on the eroticism and the confusion between those who are looking and those who are showing themselves.

“By using colour and extreme quality printings, the flesh appears living and gives a disconcerting realism to the work. Bettina Rheims thus transcends the body to reach primitive femininity in her psychoanalytical “id” – her more or less pent-up impulses, sexual impulses in particular. At the same time as these impulses show through the surface, the awareness of the model, through her skin, the artist captures them on film.”

We offer the follwoing Photos from this series:

Bettina Rheims: „20 FÉVRIER II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „29 FÉVRIER II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „7 DÉCEMBRE II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „1ER OCTOBRE II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „7 MARS, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „1ER MAI I, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „29 OCTOBRE II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „1ER JUILLET I, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „5 MAI I, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „26 DÉCEMBRE, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „10 OCTOBRE I, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „4 JUILLET II, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „21 AVRIL, PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

Bettina Rheims: „24 AVRIL PARIS, 1991”, from the series ‘Chambre Close’, Cibachrome, size: 35 x 35 cm, edition of 15, signed, numbered, dated by Bettina Rheims en verso. Price € 9.500.- ORDER HERE!

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