Irving Penn - Photographs New York Monday, March 31, 2014 | Phillips

Create your first list.

Select an existing list or create a new list to share and manage lots you follow.

  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Christie's, New York, 'Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe', 14 April 2010, lot 55

  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 170 for a variant
    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, p. 41 for a variant
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 95 for a variant

  • 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. 

    View More Works


Old Man (Dahomey)

Platinum palladium print, printed 1985.
15 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (39.7 x 39.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 1/16, initialed, inscribed 'For Pat/ Merry Christmas' in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $25,000

Contact Specialist
Vanessa Kramer Hallett
Worldwide Head, Photographs
[email protected]

Shlomi Rabi
Head of Sale, New York
[email protected]

General Enquiries:
+1 212 940 1245


New York Auction 1 April 10am & 2pm