Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, New York
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 14 November 2009, lot 222

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, cover and p. 83, variant
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 94
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 199, variant
    S. Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Yale, 2005, p.175, pl. 61

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘In Penn’s prints the descriptive resources of the photographic gray scale have never been more fully exploited.’

    John Szarkowski

  • 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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Two Guedras, Morocco

Platinum palladium print, printed 1978.
53.3 x 43.2 cm (20 7/8 x 17 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 36/40 in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminium flush-mount.

£40,000 - 60,000 

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London Auction 3 November 2016