• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Lavender Glory Poppy (New York), 1968

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    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Lavender Glory Poppy (New York), 1968
    dye-transfer print, printed 1984
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '15122' in ink, initialed and inscribed 'For Pat' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); one of an edition of 21
    23 1/8 x 18¼in. (59.3 x 46.7cm.)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    ...the reader will probably note my preference for flowers considerably after they have passed the point of perfection, when they have already begun spotting and browning and twisting on their way back to the earth.
    Irving Penn


    Literature

    Penn, Flowers, Harmony Books, 1980, p. 21; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 130, variant cropping; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 178, variant cropping; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p., variant cropping