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

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Irving Penn: Cranium Architecture, Pace/MacGill Gallery, 1989, n.p.
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 260
    I. Penn, Still Life, Thames & Hudson, 2001, n.p, there titled Black Rhinoceros Skull (Diceros Bicornis)
    Irving Penn: Cranium Architecture, Hamiltons Gallery, 2013, p. 64, pl. 1

  • 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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Property from the Collection of Paul and Toni Arden


Black Rhino, Prague

Selenium toned gelatin silver print.
48 x 59.4 cm (18 7/8 x 23 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in ink, copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit, edition and 'Photographed at Narodni Museum Prague, Czechoslovakia' stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 11.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £18,750

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London Auction 19 May 2016