Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Christie's, New York, 6 April 2016, lot 66

  • Literature

    Hambourg and Rosenheim, Irving Penn: Centennial, pl. 153

  • 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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Four Guedras, Morocco

Platinum palladium print, printed 1985.
22 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. (57.8 x 49.8 cm)
Signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered 18/18, annotated in pencil, credit, copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) Condé Nast reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $52,500

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New York Auction 4 October 2018