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

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  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London

  • Literature

    Irving Penn: New and Unseen Process, exh. cat., Pace MacGill Gallery, New York, 1999, p. 11 (contact sheet)

  • 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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Miles Davis hand and trumpet, New York, July 1

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1998.
25.9 x 26.6 cm (10 1/4 x 10 1/2 in).
Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Print made November 1998' in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 9.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £51,650


3 November 2011