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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Chicago

  • Literature

    'Visages et métiers de Paris,' Vogue Paris, June 1951
    I. Penn, Moments Preserved, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960, p. 175
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1984, pl. 88
    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 89
    V. Heckert & A. Lacoste, Irving Penn: Small Trades, Los Angeles: Getty, 2009, pl. 167

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Taking people away from their natural circumstances and putting them into the studio in front of a camera did not simply isolate them, it transformed them. Sometimes the change was subtle; sometimes it was great enough to be almost shocking. But always there was transformation.'

    Irving Penn

  • 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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Butchers, Paris

Platinum-palladium print, printed 1976.
41.3 x 31.8 cm (16 1/4 x 12 1/2 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled 'Bouchers', dated, numbered 15/33 and annotated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit and edition stamps on the verso.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £43,750

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