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

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  • Provenance

    Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 70
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 222
    M. A. Foresta, ed., Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, Smithsonian American Art Museum/ Yale, p. 189, pl. 132

  • 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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Frozen Foods, New York

Dye transfer print, printed 1984.
59 x 45.8 cm (23 1/4 x 18 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 33.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £62,500

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London Auction 19 May 2016