Francesca Woodman

Italy, May 1977 - August 1978 (1977-1978)

About this artwork

Woodman’s collection of photographs in ARTIST ROOMS originally belonged to her boyfriend, Benjamin P Moore, who appears alongside her in this double portrait. Woodman met Moore while she was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he now has an established reputation as a glass designer in America. This photograph was taken while Woodman was an exchange student in Rome between 1977 and 1978. This year of study abroad was an important period of self-recognition for the artist and she produced a substantial body of work there. She found an environment rich in classicism and decay and took most of her photographs in an abandoned factory, to creating a surreal, timeless atmosphere. Woodman uses strong lighting in this particular work to produce an intense psychological drama.

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  • title: Italy, May 1977 - August 1978
  • accession number: AR00353
  • artist: Francesca WoodmanAmerican (1958 - 1981)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Gelatine silver print
  • date created: 1977-1978
  • measurements: 14.30 x 15.80 cm (paper 14.70 x 16.30 cm) (framed: 45.80 x 40.20 x 2.00 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman

Francesca Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and the self, looking at the representation of the body, and more specifically at how her own body relates to the world and her surroundings. Born in Denver, Colorado, Woodman studied at Rhode Island School of Design from 1975 to 1978, spending the final year of her studies on an exchange programme in Rome. She had previously lived in Italy with her artist parents during her youth, and later lived in New York. Woodman was interested in Surrealism and Symbolism, particularly the work of Max Klinger. She began to take photographs from around the age of thirteen or fourteen until her suicide at the age of twenty-two. Despite her short career, she produced a significant and influential body of work.