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

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  • Provenance

    Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco

  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 190
    Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals - Images 1947-1975, cat. no. 109
    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, p. 77
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 111

  • 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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Five Okapa Warriors, New Guinea

Platinum palladium print.
19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm)
Signed, titled, numbered 24/35 in pencil and Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

$30,000 - 50,000 

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013