Irving Penn - Photographs London Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Hamiltons Gallery, London
    Phillips, London, 3 November 2010, lot 126

  • Literature

    I. Penn, Passage: A Work Record, New York: Knopf, 1991, p. 77 (variant)
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, Boston: Little, Brown, pl. 40 (variant)
    C. Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Boston: Little, Brown, 1997, p. 39 (variant)
    Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, New Haven: Yale, 2015, pl. 72 (variant)

  • 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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Girl behind glass (Jean Patchett), New York

Gelatin silver print, mounted.
39.2 x 37.2 cm (15 3/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'print made near to date of photographic sitting' in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 12.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,400

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London Auction 23 November 2021