Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 61 there titled Brother and Sister, Cuzco
    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, p. 13
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 59 there titled Mountain Children, Cuzco
    Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, pl. 37

  • 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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Cuzco Children, Peru, December

Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1975.
15 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. (38.7 x 37.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, initialed in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 30.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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New York Auction 8 October 2015