Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 20 November 2007, lot 24

  • Catalogue Essay

    'He was there to set the standard of excellence, to make that breath-taking image that stops you in your tracks.'
    Anna Wintour

  • 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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Nude Christy Turlington (C), New York

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 2000.
39.1 x 39.2 cm (15 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in pencil, copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 5.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £56,250

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London Auction 19 May 2016