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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Keaney, Irving Penn: Portraits, n.p
    Penn, Moments Preserved, p. 39
    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 125
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, fig. 17
    Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, pl. 64

  • Catalogue Essay

    A true legend, Irving Penn transformed twentieth-century studio photography. Working across numerous photographic processes, diverse cultures, and distinctive subjects, each and every photograph by Penn is rendered with elegant simplicity and supreme beauty. We are delighted this season to offer an exciting selection of works by Irving Penn that pay homage to his brilliance, range, and unwavering vision. Featuring Small Trades, Vogue editorials, still-lifes, and arresting portraits, this selection spans just over 50 years of Penn’s career and includes photographs taken in New York, Paris, Cannes, Morocco, and New Guinea. Masterfully employing several photographic mediums throughout his lifetime, Penn was an exquisite printmaker, a fact reflected in the diversity of mediums on offer here, including; platinum palladium, gelatin silver, dye destruction, and Fujicolor Crystal Archive.

    For additional works by Irving Penn, see lots 241, 298, 312-314, 317, 350, and 351.

  • 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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Pablo Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, France

Gelatin silver print.
22 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (57.2 x 57.2 cm)
Signed, dated in ink and credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the mount; printed credit, title 'Picasso', date and copyright courtesy Condé Nast credit reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

$50,000 - 70,000 

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New York 3 October 2017