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

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  • Provenance

    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Photographs: Collection of Alain Dominique Perrin, 25 April 2007, lot 261

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, MoMA, 1984, pl. 73
    I. Penn, Passage, A Work Record, Knopf, 1991, p. 39
    C. Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago/ Bulfinch, 1997, p. 181
    I. Penn, Still Life, Thames & Hudson, 2001, n.p.

  • 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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New York Still Life

Gelatin silver print.
19.5 x 24.4 cm (7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled, dated, annotated 'Print made near to date of photograph', in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 20.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £18,750

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London Auction 3 November 2016