Irving Penn - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • Literature

    ‘How Low Can We Go?’, Vogue US, January 1994, p. 96
    I. Penn, Still Life: Photographs 1938-2000, Boston: Bulfinch, 2001, n.p.
    M. Foresta, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, New Haven: Yale U., 2015, pl. 149

  • 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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Fish Bones on a Plate, New York

Chromogenic print, printed later, mounted.
63.7 x 50.5 cm (25 1/8 x 19 7/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, annotated in ink, 'Condé Nast' copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso.

£10,000 - 15,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2023