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  • Literature

    I. Penn, Moments Preserved, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 167
    V. Heckert, & A. Lacoste, Irving Penn: Small Trades, Los Angeles: Getty, 2009, pl. 113
    M. Hambourg & J. Rosenheim, Irving Penn: Centennial, New York: The Met, 2017, pl. 110 p. 183

  • 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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Coal Man, New York

Platinum palladium print, printed 1967.
50 x 38.5 cm (19 5/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Signed twice, titled, dated, numbered 2/6, annotated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £80,000

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London Auction 1 November 2018