Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London, 1990

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1986, pl. 102
    Still Life: Irving Penn photographs 1938-2000, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2001, n.p., (variant)

  • 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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Four Shoes, New York

Dye destruction print, printed 1985.
22.2 x 19 cm (8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)
Signed, titled and dated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. From an edition of 15.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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London Auction 16 May 2019