Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 184
    Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, p. 145

  • 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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Seated Warrior, Reclining Girl, Cameroon

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 1984.
18 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (47.6 x 47.6 cm)
Signed, initialed, titled, dated, annotated in ink, credit, Condé Nast copyright credit (Courtesy of Vogue) reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 15.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $16,380

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022