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

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London
    Christie's, New York, Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection, 17 December 2008, lot 164
    Phillips, London, 18 November 2014, lot 148

  • 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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Black and White Fashion (with handbag) (Jean Patchett), New York

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 1984.
41 x 36.7 cm (16 1/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 14.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £40,000

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London Auction 19 May 2016