Irving Penn - Photographs London Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Moments Preserved, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960, p. 16

  • Catalogue Essay

    'I myself have always stood in awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.'
    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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Three Wines of France, New York

Pigment print, printed 2006, flush-mounted.
58.3 x 47 cm (22 7/8 x 18 1/2 in.)
Signed, initialled twice, titled, dated, annotated in pencil, copyright credit Condé Nast (courtesy Vogue) copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. From an edition of 6.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £62,500

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London Auction 1 November 2018