Irving Penn - Photographs New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Penn, Moments Preserved, p. 97; Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, p. 15

  • 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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Man in a Black Mask, Cuzco, Peru

Gelatin silver print, printed 1949.
7 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (19.4 x 19.1 cm).
Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'print made 1949' in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 20.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000


14 Nov 2009
New York