• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 96

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)

    Picasso (B), Cannes, 1957

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)
    Picasso (B), Cannes, 1957
    platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed February 1985
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '24/47' in pencil, 'Penn/Condé Nast' copyright credit, reproduction limitation and edition stamps and typed edition label (on the reverse of the mount)
    18 5/8 x 18½in. (47.4 x 47.2cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766


    Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

    Pre-Lot Text

    Penn has never changed his first idea of portraiture: he has merely simplified what at first seemed almost irreducibly simple, so that by the late fifties even the anonymous studios disappeared and there remained no environment at all, only a wordless conversation between the photographer and the sitter.


    Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon & Schuster, 1960, p. 39, for a variant;
    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p. 125, for a variant;
    Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2005, p. vi & pl. 37, for a variant.