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Julian Opie: Ruth Smoking 1 - Signed Print

Ruth Smoking 1
Signed Print

Julian Opie

£5,000-£6,000 Guide

AUD8,000-AUD10,000 Guide

CAD7,000-CAD9,000 Guide

CNY40,000-CNY45,000 Guide

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HKD45,000-HKD50,000 Guide

¥780,000-¥930,000 Guide

$5,000-$7,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2006
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 42cm x W 29cm

Joe Syer

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Critical Review

Opie’s portraits engage with longstanding ideas that have characterised this art historical genre by questioning what intrinsic elements are needed to convey a person’s character. Ruth Smoking 1 presents the viewer with the absolute minimum by which the subject can be recognised, with buttons for eyes, two lines for a mouth, and the image created with flat, block colours.

Ruth Smoking 1 is representative of Opie’s strong interest in Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries that often depicted female beauties not meant for exhibition. Opie’s particular interest in Ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro comes through in these portraits of Ruth, notably explaining that, "[Utamaro’s] models were radically cropped close up, the faces were very simply drawn, in some ways always very similar, but with great presence and individuality."

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