Irving Penn - Photographs London Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, 1991, p. 129

  • 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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Sophia Loren, New York, April 15

Gelatin silver print, printed before 1965.
49.5 x 31 cm. (19 1/2 x 12 3/16 in).
Signed, titled, dated and annotated 'print made before 1965' in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 22 silver prints.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £11,875


16 May 2009, 3pm