Irving Penn - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 163
    Penn, Flowers, p. 27
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 132

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Photography needs to be dramatized more than any other medium. The world is inundated with images that seem to blur gray in our minds. For a picture to strike memory, it has to have an unusual, unique, inherent secret - a visual signature. Penn is always graphic. The structure of the picture... has the excitement of lettering in a cubist composition. He accentuates."
    -Alexander Lieberman
    Vogue Art Director, 1943-1961

  • 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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Three Tulips (Red Shine, Black Parrot, Gudoshnik)

Dye transfer print, printed 1987.
21 3/4 x 18 in. (55.2 x 45.7 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and annotated with Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition information in pencil. One from an edition of 17.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013