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

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 17 October 2003, lot 251

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 153
    Irving Penn: Archaeology, Pace/MacGill Gallery, exh. cat., 2010, pl. 10

  • 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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Platinum palladium print.
28.9 x 45.5 cm (11 3/8 x 17 7/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 4/16, annotated 'AR 1512' in pencil, copyright credit and edition stamp on the reverse of the aluminium flush-mount.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £10,000

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London Auction 3 November 2016