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

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  • Literature

    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 80

  • 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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Balenciaga 'Little Great' Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1985.
36.6 x 33.5 cm (14 3/8 x 13 1/4 in)
Signed, titled, dated, initialled in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 16.

£20,000 - 30,000 

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London 7 November 2013 4pm