Untitled, c. mid-80s [p. 64, The Democratic Forest.
Paper size: 8 x 10 in./20.3 x 25.4 cm.
Signed on recto, lower right
Offered in archival mat and frame (frame measures 15.25 x 12.75 in./38.7 x 32.3 cm.)
Democratic Forest, p.
I am at war with the obvious.--William Eggleston
This indelible image appears in The Democratic Forest (p. 64), published in 1989 with an introduction by Eudora Welty and an interview conducted by Mark Holborn (from which the above quote--one best truisms about art ever uttered, in my opinion--is drawn).
As preparatory 'studies' for larger dye-transfer prints, such smaller C-prints as this one were an important part of Eggleston's working process.
More from Mark Holborn's interview:
"I am afraid that there are more people than I can imagine who can go no further than appreciating a picture that is a rectangle with an object in the middle of it, which they can identify. They don't care what is around the object as long as nothing interferes with the object itself, right in the center. Even after the lessons of Winogrand and Friedlander, they don't get it...They want something obvious. The blindness is always apparent when someone lets slip the word 'snapshot.' Ignorance can always be covered by 'snapshot.' The word has never had any meaning. I am at war with the obvious."--William Eggleston [my italics]
Paper just slightly age-darkened borders; slight touch of fading; otherwise Fine.