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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 4 May 1995, lot 313

  • Literature

    The Art Institute of Chicago, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, pl. 76
    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, A Work Record, p. 27

  • Catalogue Essay

    French wrestler Maurice Tillet, was a world heavyweight champion who in his twenties developed acromegaly. He moved to the United States and continued his wrestling as the ‘The French Angel’ drawing large crowds in the 1940s.

  • 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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The Angel

1946
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 11/52 in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso.
Platinum palladium print, printed 1979.
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.1 x 19.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 11/52 in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

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