Irving Penn - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • “He was there to set the standard of excellence, to make that breath-taking image that stops you in your tracks.” —Anna Wintour

    • Provenance

      Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
      Private Collection, London, 2003
      Phillips, London, 2 November 2017, lot 29

    • Literature

      I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 87

    • 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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Dior Fur Scarf (Jean Patchett), New York

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 1990, mounted.
38.4 x 38.7 cm (15 1/8 x 15 1/4 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled, dated in ink, 'Condé Nast' copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 17.

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£30,000 - 50,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2023