Irving Penn - Photographs London Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Irving Penn: Moments Preserved, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 27
    N. Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, New York: Alpine, 1977, p. 145
    P. Devlin, A. Lieberman, Vogue: Book of Fashion Photography, London: Thames & Hudson, 1979, p. 109
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 58
    Irving Penn: Passage, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991, p. 81
    D. Seidner, Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography, London: Thames & Hudson, 1996, p. 143 and p. 148
    C. Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1997, pp. 72-73
    Vogue, September 1950

  • 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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Rochas Mermaid Dress (B), (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 2005.
40.5 x 33 cm (15 7/8 x 12 7/8 in)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in ink, copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 6.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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