Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill, New York, 2011

  • Literature

    Pace MacGill Gallery, Irving Penn: New and Unseen Process, p. 11 (contact sheet)

  • 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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Miles Davis, Hand and Trumpet, New York, July 1

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1998.
10 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (25.7 x 26.7 cm)
Signed, initialed twice, titled, dated, numbered, annotated in pencil, credit, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 9.

$80,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $150,000

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New York Auction 14 October 2020