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Herb Ritts Art

American, 1952-2000

Herb Ritts Jr. fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s.

Ritts's aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his photography from that of his New York-based peers.

Ritts's intimate portraiture, his modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and his innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Irving Penn.

From the late 1970s until Ritts's untimely death from AIDS-related complications in 2002, his ability to create images that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture and business that followed in the wake of the Pop art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Lucite Bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite
By Herb Ritts
Located in Denton, TX
Lucite bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite, circa 1970s.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
"Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove" 1986 by Herb Ritts A chiseled male models physic poses on Paradise Cove beach front, hidden behind tubmleweed. Unframed Matted Overall si...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Neith with Shadows, Pound Ridge by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Neith with Shadows, Pound Ridge 1985 by Herb Ritts A stunning shot of a nude female, Neith, laying beneath spiral shadows. Unframed Matted Overall size : 12 x 16" inches / 30 x 41 ...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Elizabeth Taylor by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Elizabeth Taylor 1991 by Herb Ritts American actress and icon, Elizabeth Taylor, poses with towel and diamond ring. Unframed Matted Overall size : 16 x 20" inches / 41 x 51 cm Imag...
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1990s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Naomi with Raised Arms Los Angeles by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Naomi with Raised Arms Los Angeles 1988 by Herb Ritts World renowned British super model, Naomi Campbell, posing in front of the lens with her arms raised. Unframed Matted Overall ...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Christy Turlington, Versace 3, Milan by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Christy Turlington, Versace 3, Milan 1991 by Herb Ritts Supermodel Christy Turlington in Versace, Milan, Italy. Unframed Matted Overall size : 11 x 14" inches / 28 x 36 cm Image Si...
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1990s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Sylvester Stallone & Brigitte Nielsen by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Sylvester Stallone & Brigitte Nielsen 1985 by Herb Ritts Superstar Sylvester Stalone embraces Danish actress Bridgette Neilsen in front of crowd. Unframed Matted Overall size : 16 ...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Mel Gibson by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
"Mel Gibson" 1985 by Herb Ritts International star Mel Gibson posing in front of the lens of Herb Ritts. Unframed Matted Overall size : 11 x 14" inches / 28 x 36 cm Image Size: 8.5...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Dijmon with Octopus by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Dijmon with Octopus 1989 by Herb Ritts A gorgeous black and white shot of actor and model Dijmon posing with an Octopus on his head. Unframed Matted Overall size : 12 x 16" inches...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Richard Gere, Close-Up, San Bernardino by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Richard Gere, Close-Up, San Bernardino 1988 by Herb Ritts A close up shot with the iconic Richard Gere through the lens of Herb Ritts. Unframed Matted Overall size : 11 x 14" inche...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Female Fashion Zen Beach Hat by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Female Fashion Zen Beach Hat 1999 by Herb Ritts Authentic quadtone photo of a model sitting on the beach with a Zen beach hat, gazing into the horizon. Unframed Matted Overall size...
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1990s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage 1990 by Herb Ritts The image was taken at El Mirage dry lakebed in California, and is characteristic of Ritts’ heady, sun-soaked oeuvre, and its ...
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1990s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Mickey Rourke, Hollywood by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
"Mickey Rourke, Hollywood" 1985 by Herb Ritts American actor, and former boxer, Mickey Rourke's face close up in a vintage car mirror. Unframed Matted Overall size : 16 x 20" inch...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Nude with Tumbleweed by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Nude, Neith with Tumbleweed 1986 by Herb Ritts A model poses with tumbleweed on seafront. Unframed Matted Overall size : 12 x 16" inches / 31 x 41 cm Image Size: 8" x 9.75'' inche...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Dijmon with Octopus by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
Dijmon with Octopus 1989 by Herb Ritts A gorgeous black and white shot of actor and model Dijmon posing with an Octopus on his head. Unframed Matted Overall size : 12 x 16" inches...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Jack Nicholson, Los Angeles by Herb Ritts Vintage print
By Herb Ritts
Located in London, GB
"Jack Nicholson, Los Angeles" 1986 by Herb Ritts The iconic close up shot of Jack Nicholson enlarged by magnifying glass photographed by Herb Ritts. Unframed Matted Overall size : ...
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1980s Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Black and White

Mid Century Modern Pair of Astrolite Herb Ritts Astrolite Lucite Lamps
By Herb Ritts
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
This stunning pair of clear, lucite table lamps with original finials were designed by Herb Ritz and Astrolite, Los Angeles and referred to as the 'pretzel' lamp. In good vintage con...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles 1989, Herb Ritts
By Herb Ritts
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Herb Ritts (1952-2002) Title: ​Stephanie Seymour, Los Angeles 1989 Year: 1989 Medium: ​Gelatin Silver Print Edition: 3, plus proofs Size: 14 x 11 inches Condition: Excellent ...
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1980s Pop Art Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Space Age Mod Astrolite Lucite Epergne Sculpture Ritts Co, Modular Centerpiece
By Herb Ritts, Shirley Ritts
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Space Age Mod Astrolite Lucite Epergne Sculpture Ritts Co, modular centerpiece Herbert (Herb) and Shirley Ritts were married in 1950 and wasted no time starting their own design stu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Pair of Midcentury Lucite Bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite
By Herb Ritts, Astrolite
Located in San Diego, CA
A gorgeous pair of mid-century lucite bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite, circa 1970s. The pair are in excellent condition and would make a great addition to any midcentury study o...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Vintage Herb Ritts Mid-Century Lucite Sculpture
By Herb Ritts
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Made of thick Lucite and shaped organically into a center piece or serving bowl resting on a flattened area on the bottom this bowl is attributed to the Ritts Company of Los Angeles ...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Herb Ritts Lucite "Pretzel" Astrolite Los Angeles Table Lamp
By Herb Ritts, Astrolite, Dorothy Thorpe
Located in Denver, CO
Iconic Herb Ritts designed knot acrylic Lucite "Pretzel" table lamp for his company Astrolite, Los Angeles, California. Measures: Height to Lucite finial 26", body of lamp 14" tall, ...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Pair of Midcentury Lucite Bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite
By Astrolite, Herb Ritts
Located in San Diego, CA
A gorgeous air of midcentury Lucite bookends by Herb Ritts for Astrolite, circa 1970s. The pair are in excellent condition and would make a great addition to any midcentury study or ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Herb Ritts Art

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Lucite

Herbert Ritts for Astrolite California Modern Clear Acrylic "Twist" Table Lamp
By Astrolite, Herb Ritts
Located in Bainbridge, NY
California Modern Acrylic Table Lamp by Herbert Ritts Inc. Los Angeles, California Astrolite Products, 1970's. Featuring an elevated spiral in transparent Acrylic, Chrome neck and st...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Herb Ritts Art

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Chrome

Jack Nicholson I, London
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1980s Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Sepia-toned gelatin silver print with matte finish Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed in pencil, verso This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1980s Other Art Style Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Antonio Banderas, Malibu
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer.
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1990s Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Stephano Seated, Milan
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Stephano Seated, Milan 1985 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil, verso; Also blindstamped, l.r. Platinum print (Edition of 25) 22.5 x 17.5 inches (57.2 x 44.5 cm) Conta...
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1980s Contemporary Herb Ritts Art

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Platinum

Tony with Rope, Los Angeles
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin silver print with matte finish (Edition of 25) Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil, verso Also blindstamped, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in ...
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1980s Other Art Style Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Male Nude with Thorns, Joshua Tree
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
Sepia-toned gelatin silver print with matte finish (Edition of 25) Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil, verso Also blindstamped, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt,...
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1980s Other Art Style Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

Waterfall Woman with Sphere, Hollywood
By Herb Ritts
Located in New York, NY
This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1980s Other Art Style Herb Ritts Art

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Silver Gelatin

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1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Herb Ritts art for sale. You can also browse art by medium to find Herb Ritts in platinum print, silver gelatin print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Pop Art style. Not every interior allows for large Herb Ritts art, so small editions measuring 11 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Naomi Savage and Danny Lyon. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $14,400 and tops out at $14,400, while the average work can sell for $14,400.

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