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

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's London, 18 November 2008, lot 98

  • Literature

    Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, pl. 32
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Irving Penn: Small Trades, p. 174
    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 116
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 86

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please reference the beginning of the afternoon session (lot 140) for an essay on this collection.

  • 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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Sewer Cleaner, New York

Platinum palladium print, printed 1976.
19 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (50.2 x 37.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 30/35 in pencil, edition and Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $32,500

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013