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

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  • Literature

    Foresta, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, pl. 118
    Hambourg and Rosenheim, Irving Penn: Centennial, p. 239

  • 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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Two Women in Black with Bread, Morocco

Platinum palladium print, printed 1986.
19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm)
Signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered 20/21, annotated 'Courtesy of Vogue' in pencil, credit, copyright credit Condé Nast reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $65,000

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New York Auction 9 April 2018