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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 12 May 1986, lot 328A

  • Literature

    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 171; Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, p. 35; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 96

  • 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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Three Dahomey Girls

1967
Platinum-palladium print, printed 1969.
19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 x 49.8 cm).
Signed, dated, numbered 27/35 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

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