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

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  • Literature

    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 103

  • 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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Lipstick Chunks, New York

Dye transfer print, printed 1984.
18 x 21 1/4 in. (45.7 x 54 cm).
Signed, titled, dated in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 22.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $23,750


8 October 2010
New York