Irving Penn - Photographs London Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    iART, Tokyo, 28 July 2018, lot 155

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1984, pl. 113
    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, London: Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 208
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn: Still Life, New York: Bulfinch, 2001, n.p.
    Irving Penn: Cigarettes, London: Hamiltons Gallery, 2012, p. 58

  • 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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Cigarette 17

Platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted.
60 x 47.5 cm (23 5/8 x 18 3/4 in.)
Signed, initialled, titled, dated, numbered 38/64, annotated in pencil, credit and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £27,500

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London Auction 25 October 2019