Orchid (MAP-1802), 1987
Michael Ward Stout, estate executor, and dated in pencil; titled,
dated, and editioned in unknown hand in pencil verso, Printed
Silver gelatin print flush-mounted to board
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm.)
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The delicate orchid flower was a major inspiration for the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, who captured it in many of his works. It’s no surprise – much of his work dealt with sexuality, and the orchid is commonly thought to be associated with fertility and sexuality, with interesting reproductive habits of their own – for instance, the flowers emit pheromones that mimic those of female insects to attract male insects to aid in pollination.