Irving Penn - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles
    Private Collection, 1989
    Christie's, New York, The Face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection, 2 April 2019, lot 159

  • Literature

    Foresta, Irving Penn: Master Images, p. 106
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Irving Penn: Centennial, p. 75 (variant)

  • 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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Georgia O’Keeffe

Gelatin silver print.
9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (23.5 x 16.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and annotated in ink, two credit, three Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps (one annotated ‘Courtesy of Vogue’), and three star stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 10.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $30,240

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New York Auction 7 October 2021