Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Literature

    Irving Penn: Passage, A Work Record, New York: Alfred A. Knopf and Callaway, 1991, p. 89; V. Heckert, A. Lacoste, Irving Penn: Small Trades, exh. cat., J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2009, pl. 167

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Taking people away from their natural circumstances and putting them into the studio in front of a camera did not simply isolate them, it transformed them. Sometimes the change was subtle; sometimes it was great enough to be almost shocking. But always there was transformation.’ Irving Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, New York: Viking, 1974, p. 9

  • 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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Butchers, Paris

Platinum palladium print, printed 1976.
41 x 31.7 cm (16 1/8 x 12 1/2 in).
Signed, titled, dated, numbered, annotated ‘Platinum-palladium’, ‘Print made July 1976’ in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 33.

£40,000 - 60,000 Ω

Sold for £46,850


3 November 2011