Irving Penn - Photographs New York Monday, April 9, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Taschen, Gisele, cover, variant
    American Vogue, 'The Return of the Curve,' July 1999, p. 193, variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Isolation of the individual is characteristic of Penn’s art, of his fashion work as well as of his portraits of the famous, the Small Trades, and tribal peoples. A personal aesthetic determinant, this isolation arose from the artist’s need to reduce complexity: to still the world, distill its essence, and connect to that essential quality imaginatively.”
    Maria Morris Hambourg from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Centennial, p.46

  • 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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Works from an Important Private European Collection


Gisele, New York, April 1

Selenium toned gelatin silver print.
15 3/8 x 15 3/8 in. (39.1 x 39.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 20.

$70,000 - 90,000 

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New York Auction 9 April 2018