Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'He was there to set the standard of excellence, to make that breath-taking image that stops you in your tracks.'
    —Anna Wintour

    • Provenance

      HackelBury Fine Art, London, 2001

    • Literature

      I. Penn, et al., Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 82
      M. Harrison, Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945, New York: Rizzoli, 1991, p. 55
      J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1984, pl. 47

    • 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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Cocoa Dress (Balenciaga), Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Paris

Platinum-palladium print, mounted, printed 1980.
49.2 x 49.2 cm (19 3/8 x 19 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 48/50 in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount.

Full Cataloguing

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £37,800

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London Auction 25 May 2022