Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Japan

  • Literature

    Irving Penn, Recent Still Life: Negatives 1979-1980, Prints in Platinum Metals 1980-1982, exh. cat., New York: Marlborough Gallery, 1982, cover
    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 228
    S. Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, Washington: National Gallery of Art/ New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, p. 79

  • 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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Composition with Pitcher and Eau de Cologne, New York, 7 December

Platinum palladium print, printed 1981.
28.7 x 48 cm (11 1/4 x 18 7/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 6/61 in pencil, copyright credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £10,000

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London 8 May 2014 4pm