Irving Penn - A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw New York Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 174

  • 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 Squatting Sisters, Nepal, 1967

Platinum palladium print, printed 1971.
19 x 22 5/8 in. (48.3 x 57.5 cm)
Signed, dated, annotated in pencil, signed, numbered 1/5 in ink, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount; dated in pencil, typed title, copyright credit (courtesy of Vogue) and Condé Nast reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $43,750

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A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw

New York Auction 4 October 2018