Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Gert Elfering Collection

  • Exhibited

    London, National Portrait Gallery, Irving Penn: Portraits, 18 February–6 June 2010 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    ‘Alfred Hitchcock’, Vogue, 15 February 1948, p. 109; Irving Penn, Passage: A Work Record, London, 1990, p. 36

  • 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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Alfred Hitchcock, New York, May 23

Gelatin silver print.
24.3 × 19.5 cm (9 5/8 × 7 5/8 in).
Signed, titled, dated, annotated ‘early print’ in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 21.

£18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for £51,650


19 May 2011