Irving Penn - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, a Work Record, p. 167
    Penn, World's in a Small Room, p. 51
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 142

  • 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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Hell's Angels (San Francisco)

Platinum palladium print, printed 1978.
18 3/4 x 22 1/2 in. (47.6 x 57.2 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 23/35 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,500

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2 October 2012
New York