Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Swann Galleries, New York, 21 October 2008, lot 246

  • Literature

    M. M. Hambourg, Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002, p. 39 (variant)

  • 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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Gelatin silver print.
39.7 x 37.7 cm (15 5/8 x 14 7/8 in)
Signed, annotated 'N IP 56/ SN 24' in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 31.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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