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The Bathrobe

Sophie Calle (French, born Paris, 1953)

Date:
1988–89
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
172.1 x 102.2 cm. (67 3/4 x 40 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.348a, b
Rights and Reproduction:
© Sophie Calle
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Label affixed to frame of text piece, verso C: "Fred Hoffman Gallery// 912 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401 213 394-4199 FAX 213 395-8396"; typed in center of label: "Sohpie [sic] Calle// 'Autobiographical Series'// (Bathrobe), 1988/89// Photo and text in wooden frame// 18 3/8 x 18 3/8"// 38 7/8 x 64 7/8"// ed. 3/5"; Stamped in red ink on frame of image piece, verso C: "PLEXI"; stamped in black ink on frame of image piece, verso BC: "MINAGAWA ART LINES// 25 GREAT JONES// NEW YORK, N.Y. 10013"

  • Notes

    No. 3 in an English edition of 5, French edition of 5 also exists. Text in image reads: "I was eighteen years old. I rang the bell. He opened the door. He was wearing the same bathrobe as my father. A long white terrycloth robe. He became my first love. For an entire year, he obeyed my request and never let me see him naked from the front. Only from the back. And so, in the morning light, he would get up carefully turning himself away, and gently hiding inside the white bathrobe. When it was all over he left the bathrobe behind with me."

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