Irving Penn - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 59
    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 61
    Art Institute of Chicago, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, p. 177, fig. 37
    Hambourg and Rosenheim, Irving Penn: Centennial, p. 118, pl. 50
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  • 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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Cuzco Children, Peru, December

Gelatin silver print, printed 1949.
9 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (25.1 x 24.8 cm)
Signed, initialed, titled, dated, annotated in ink, 'Photograph by Penn,' two Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation (one courtesy of Vogue) and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 8.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $27,940

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New York Auction 11 October 2023