Irving Penn - Photographs New York Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p.
    263 there titled Gorilla Skull, Prague; Szarkowski, Irving Penn: Still Life, n.p. there titled Gorilla Skull (Gorilla Gorilla), Prague, June 16

  • 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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Gorilla (Male)

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print.
23 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (59.1 x 50.2 cm).
Signed, initialed, titled in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition and 'Photographed at Narodni Museum Prague, Czechoslovakia' stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 14.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $30,000


9 April 2011
New York