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

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 18 October 2007, lot 427

  • Literature

    Szarkowski, Still Life, n.p.

  • 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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Bird Bones (Sweden)

Platinum-palladium print, printed before 1981.
19 1/8 x 11 1/2 in. (48.6 x 29.2 cm).
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 15/32 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000


16 Oct 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York