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

    Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 126
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 219
    C. Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago/ Bulfinch, 1997, p. 20, fig. 8
    I. Penn, Still Life, Thames & Hudson, 2001, n.p.
    S. Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Yale, 2005, p.175, pl. 70
    M. A. Foresta, ed., Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, Smithsonian American Art Museum/ Yale, p. 187, pl. 131

  • 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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Camel Pack

Platinum palladium print.
59 x 51.9 cm (23 1/4 x 20 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 16/68, annotated '(SM), Neg. XXXXII' in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £20,000

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London Auction 19 May 2016