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

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  • Provenance

    Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 47
    Irving Penn, Other Ways of Being, exh. cat., Pace/MacGill Gallery, 1990, pl. 3
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 183
    I. Penn, People in Passage, Photology, 1992, pp. 36-37

  • 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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Nubile Young Beauty of Diamarè, Cameroon

Platinum palladium print, printed 1980.
48.9 x 49.2 cm (19 1/4 x 19 3/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 29/40 in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the aluminium flush-mount.

£25,000 - 35,000 

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London Auction 3 November 2016