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

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, New York
    Sotheby's New York, 8 April 2008, lot 234

  • Literature

    Greenough, Irving Penn, Platinum Prints, pl. 31
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Irving Penn: Small Trades, pl. 200
    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 98

  • 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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Rag and Bone Man (A), London

Platinum palladium print, printed 1976.
16 1/2 x 13 in. (41.9 x 33 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 15/32, initialed in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $60,000

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013