Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, Los Angeles, 5 February 1981, lot 375

  • 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 Nepal Women with Nose Rings

Platinum palladium print, printed 1979.
19 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (48.9 x 49.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 13/15, annotated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum mount.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $20,160

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New York Auction 6 April 2022