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

    Irving Penn: Recent Still Life, New York: Malborough, 1982, pl. 16
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1984, pl. 151
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 232
    Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Boston: Bulfinch, 1997, pl. 17
    Irving Penn: Centennial, New York: MoMA, 2017, pl. 214

  • 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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Still Life with Shoe

Platinum-palladium print, mounted.
Image: 27 x 49.1 cm (10 5/8 x 19 3/8 in.)
Sheet: 40.5 x 60.8 cm (15 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.)

Signed, titled, dated, numbered 12/64, inscribed, variously annotated in pencil, copyright credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2023