Irving Penn - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Thursday, October 16, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 199; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 94

  • 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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Two Guedras, Morocco

Platinum-palladium print, printed 1977.
21 x 17 1/8 in. (53.3 x 43.5 cm).
Signed, titled, numbered 30/40 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $62,500


16 Oct 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York