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  • Literature

    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 28; Penn, Moments Preserved, p. 135; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 7; Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, p. 141

  • 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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George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken, New York

Platinum-palladium print, printed 1969.
21 7/8 x 18 in. (55.6 x 45.7 cm).
Signed, dated '1969', numbered 13/17 in pencil and edition stamp on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount; Condé-Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation label affixed to the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,500


14 Nov 2009
New York