Irving Penn - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, USA
    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 20 May 2010, lot 32

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Moments Preserved: Eight Essays in Photographs and Words, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960, p. 156
    Vogue, November 1951

  • Artist Biography

    Irving Penn

    American • 1917 - 2009

    Arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco.

    Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects. Working across several photographic mediums, Penn was a master printmaker. Regardless of the subject, each and every piece is rendered with supreme beauty. 

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Audrey Hepburn, Paris

Gelatin silver print.
34.9 x 34 cm (13 3/4 x 13 3/8 in).
Signed, titled, dated in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 6.

£40,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £50,000

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London 18 November 2014