Irving Penn - Photographs Day Sale New York Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Callaway/Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, A Work Record, p. 36
    Simon and Schuster, Moments Preserved, p. 146
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 15
    The Art Institute of Chicago, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, p. 177
    Vogue, June 1948, n.p.

  • 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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Ballet Theatre, New York, November 21

Gelatin silver print.
7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (20 x 25.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and annotated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, two credit and Gallery Naruyama stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 60.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,000

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Photographs Day Sale

New York 2 April 2015 10am & 2pm