Irving Penn - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, April 16, 2010 | Phillips

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  • 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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Columbine/ Aquilegia vulgaris: William Guiness, New York

Pigment print.
21 1/4 x 19 5/8 in. (54 x 49.8 cm).
Signed, titled, dated in ink, copyright credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 16.

$25,000 - 35,000 


16 April 2010
New York