• Photographs: The Evening Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 12203

    Photographs: The Evening Sale

    4 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    Irving Penn (1917–2009)

    Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950

    Estimate

    Irving Penn (1917–2009)
    Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1976
    signed, titled, dated and numbered '12/34' in pencil and stamped photographer's/Condé Nast copyright credit (verso)
    image: 18 x 15 in. (45.8 x 38.2 cm.)
    sheet: 21 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (54 x 46.4 cm.)
    This work is number 12 from the edition of 34.


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    With the war in Europe and the Pacific and 'U.S.A. fashion on its own,' Vogue proclaimed a new era. New young American designers, forced to simplify by war shortages, gave Penn visual purity in practical clothes designed for the now active woman. American fashion and the liberated American woman had found their photographer. Penn gave drama and glamour to women's everyday activities. - Alexander Liberman

    Provenance

    Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
    acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Literature

    'The Black and White Idea', Vogue, 1 April 1950, front cover.
    Irving Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1960, p. 159.
    Polly Devlin, Vogue Book of Fashion Photography, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1979, p. 90.
    John Szarkowski, Irving Penn, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984, pl. 48.
    David Bailey and Martin Harrison, Shots of Style: Great Fashion Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, cat. no. 130.
    Mike Weaver (ed.), The Art of Photography, 1839-1989, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Yale University Press, Boston, 1989.
    Martin Harrison, Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945, Jonathan Cape, London, 1991, p. 158.
    Irving Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Knopf/Callaway, New York, 1991, p. 100.
    Yvonne Lehnherr (ed.), Irving Penn: Collection Privée, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Fribourg, 1994, cat. no. 31, p. 51.
    Colin Westerbeck (ed.), Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago/Little, Brown and Co., 1997, pl. 4, p. 28.