Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    Flowers: Photographs by Irving Penn, New York: Harmony Books, 1980, p. 17
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 131
    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 176
    Irving Penn: Flowers, Hamiltons Gallery, London, 2015, pl. 20
    Irving Penn: Centennial, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017, back cover and p. 311

  • Catalogue Essay

    ' …the reader will probably note my preference for flowers considerably after they have passed that point of perfection, when they have already begun spotting and browning and twisting on their back to the earth.'
    Irving Penn

  • 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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Single Oriental Poppy, New York

Dye transfer print, printed 1989.
Approximately 54.4 x 43.1 cm (21 3/8 x 16 7/8 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled, dated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit (courtesy Vogue) reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. From an edition of 18.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £118,750

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London Auction 2 November 2017