Irving Penn - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 7 December 2009, lot 36

  • Literature

    Foresta, M. A. et al., Irving Penn: Master Images, Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, pl. 36, p. 49
    I. Penn et al., Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 147 (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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Cretan Landscape

Platinum-palladium print, mounted, printed later.
39.4 x 56 cm (15 1/2 x 22 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled, numbered 1/25 and annotated in pencil, typed title on a Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £6,250

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London Auction 25 September 2020