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

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  • Literature

    Knopf, Irving Penn: Passage, p. 158; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 143

  • 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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Saul Steinberg in nose mask, New York, September 30

Platinum-palladium print, printed 1979.
25 x 22 in. (63.5 x 55.9 cm).
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 29/36 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $40,000


16 Oct 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York