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

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon and Schuster, 1960, pp. 122-123
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 99
    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 79
    C. Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago/ Bulfinch, 1997, p. 51

  • 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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Summer Sleep, New York

Dye transfer print, printed 1985.
40.2 x 56.5 cm (15 7/8 x 22 1/4 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 29.

£30,000 - 50,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2016