Babes In Rowboat

A rare pre-1985 original vintage print produced in limited numbers from a series of transparencies that Newton considered his most provocative and important work through 1985.

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Helmut Newton’s 'Babes in a Rowboat' upends the Impressionist tradition of civilised boating to create a playful, mischievous scene of fun. One of his best-known themes, Newton's consistently turned to the outdoors as a provocative juxtaposition for the nudity of his images. Here, the combination of water and lingerie charges the image with a light-hearted eroticism. Newton interest in the surreal photography of 1930's comes the fore in 'Babes in a Rowboat' as he manipulates the composition to lead us to question whether the scantily clad ladies are simply a figment of the rower's imagination.

"It's that I don't like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room."

Helmut Newton

Artwork Highlights

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Photoshoot Details

Location  : Lake Krumme Lanke, Berlin
Date         : 1979
Magazine: Vogue (Germany)


Printed on Silver Gelatin Vintage Print


Small: 41 x 30 cm (16 x 12")

Medium: 51 x 41 cm (20 x 16")


Verified Authentic from the collection of vintage prints gifted to Newton's agent Norman Solomon, in recognition of the work he had carried out in promoting Newton’s "Private Property" series of exhibitions in 1985.


This limited edition fine art print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Norman Solomon. The ownership rights of this vintage print are supported by an original agreement with Newton in 1984, and supplemented by a further agreement with The Helmut Newton Estate in 2012.

Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

Your Investment Opportunity

This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.

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