Irving Penn - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, October 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago

  • Literature

    High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 172; Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 54

  • Catalogue Essay

    From his earliest exposure to photography at the Art Chicago fair in
    1981, Larry N. Deutsch has carefully selected, for well over two decades,
    vintage works by many of photography’s masters including the rare and
    unforgettable Distortion #6, Paris by André Kertész, Irving Penn’s elegant
    and cunning Duchess of Windsor, New York, May 27, 1948 and Ilse Bing’s life
    affirming The Dancer, Willem Gerard Van Loon, Paris, 1932. Each compelling
    image represents an intense love affair, the kind that educates one’s
    emotions for a lifetime. As a collector and art advisor Larry N. Deutsch met
    with, and learned from, such diverse photographers as Robert Mapplethorpe,
    Ilse Bing, Judith Golden, William Wegman, Sally Mann and Richard Avedon.
    His passion for photography was further ignited by the art dealers who
    advised him, and by his correspondence with collectors from Chicago, New
    York and Europe.

  • 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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Duchess of Windsor, New York, May 27

Gelatin silver print.
9 1/2 x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 cm).
Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'early print' and 'print made near to date of photograph. Probably July 14, 1948' in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 40.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $21,250


8 October 2010
New York