Ruud van Empel Follow World #1 2005 Dye destruction print, face-mounted and mounted. 150 x 105.5 cm (59 x 41 1/2 in.)
Image: Ruud van Empel's World #1, courtesy to Phillips
Long sold out and appearing at auction for the first time, World #1 is the work that led Ruud van Empel to focus on black children as his long-term subject and set off his seminal World series.
Presented in a white Sunday-best dress that van Empel remembers from his childhood, a young black girl – portrayed as a symbol of purity and innocence – is surrounded by a fantastical forest. ‘To me, both nature and the innocence of children are something beautiful,’ expresses van Empel. ‘Children are born innocent into a cruel and dangerous world. I wanted to do something with that idea.’
Photographs, Phillips, London, 25 September, 2020
Ruud van Empel
Dye destruction print, face-mounted and mounted.
150 x 105.5 cm (59 x 41 1/2 in.)
Estimate: GBR 30,000 - GBR 50,000
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