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Shaking the Tree
Shaking The Tree Peter signingShaking the Tree

Shaking the Tree Fine Art Print


This print is available in two sizes:
25.5″ x 34″ paper size, where the image size is 19″ x 19″
40″ x 50″ paper size, where the image size is 28″ x 28″
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The original photo session was at the late Robert Mapplethorpe’s New York loft studio in 1986. He spent some time getting to know Peter and during the session got him talking about many subjects on which he was passionate.

Mapplethorpe explained that he felt his subjects revealed more of themselves when talking about things they loved. At a time when many portrait artists were looking for vulnerability, Mapplethorpe was looking for confidence.

Peter really enjoyed getting to know Mapplethorpe and found him smart, funny and charming.

“Robert Mapplethorpe is one of the great photographers. I was really happy with the results. I had this idea to do some with my eyes shut, so you have one which is on the front with eyes shut and then others with eyes open,” – Peter Gabriel.

The photo selected for the album cover was initially used for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens. His vast, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Today Mapplethorpe is represented by galleries in North and South America and Europe and his work can be found in the collections of major Museums around the world. Beyond the art historical and social significance of his work, his legacy lives on through the work of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. He established the Foundation in 1988 to promote photography, support museums that exhibit photographic art, and to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV-related infection. The limited edition is authorised by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats was released in 1990 as Peter Gabriel’s first ‘greatest hits’ album, including songs from his first solo album Peter Gabriel (1 or Car – 1977), through Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (1989). It was re-mastered in 2002.

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