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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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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT A. TAUB, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUNDS

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Moments Preserved: Eight Essays in Photographs and Words by Irving Penn

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960
13 x 9 3/4 in. (33 x 24.8 cm)
179 black and white and color photographs. Slipcase and beige cloth book cover with spine lettered in black. Introduction by Alexander Liberman.

Estimate
$200 - 300 

Sold for $250

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Photographs from the Art Institute of Chicago - Online Only

Online-Only Auction 8 – 22 December 2014