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

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  • Provenance

    Hamilton's Gallery, London
    Private Collection, London
    Christie's South Kensington, 21 May 2010, lot 87

  • Literature

    Szarkowski, Still Life, n.p. there titled and dated Bee Stung Lips, 1995
    Vogue, 22September, 1995

  • 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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Bee (A), New York, September

Dye destruction print.
10 x 10 in. (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, initialed in pencil, copyright credit (Courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation and credit stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 15.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013