Irving Penn - PHOTOGRAPHS London Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris.

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 126; Exhibition catalogue, National Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery, Irving Penn: Master Images, Washington and London, 1990, cat. no. 51, p. 64; Passage: A Work Record, New York: Alfred A. Knopf: Callaway, 1991, p. 219;  Exhibition catalogue, Art Institute of Chicago, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Chicago, 1997, p. 20; Still Life by Irving Penn, London: Thames and Hudson, 2001, n.p.; Exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, Washington, 2005, pl. 70

  • 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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Camel Pack (SM), Neg. XXXXII

Platimum-palladium print.
76 x 56.5 cm (29 5/8 x 22 1/8 in).
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 20/68 in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £23,750


20 May 2010