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

    Bonhams, New York, 19 May 2009, lot 142

  • Literature

    Irving Penn: Photographs, Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1997, p. 238
    Irving Penn: Privatsammlung, Lugano: Galleria Gottardo, 1993, pl. 63
    I. Penn et al., Irving Penn: Passage, A Work Record, New York: Knopf/Callaway, 1991, p. 198 (variant)
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, New York: MoMA, 1984, pl. 93
    I. Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, New York: Grossman, 1974, p. 78 (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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Three Rissani Women with Bread

Platinum-palladium print, mounted, printed later.
55 x 49.7 cm (21 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 24/32, annotated in pencil, Penn-Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £37,800

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London Auction 23 November 2021