• 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 5

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Poppy, Glowing Embers (New York), 1968

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Poppy, Glowing Embers (New York), 1968
    dye-transfer print, printed 1989
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '15546', inscribed 'Merry Christmas with love to Pat, 1989', Vogue credit in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount); one of an edition of 19
    17 5/8 x 21 7/8in. (45.2 x 56cm.)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    I can claim no special knowledge of horticulture that the reader might believe he has a right to expect of someone making a book of flowers. I even confess to enjoying that ignorance since it has left me free to react with simple pleasure just to form and colour.
    Irving Penn


    Penn, Flowers, Harmony Books, 1980, pp. 8-9; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 177; Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, n.p.

    Post Lot Text

    Irving Penn explains in his Introduction that his series of colour studies published in 1980 as Flowers were made over seven summers from 1967 to 1973. The majority, including the poppies were shot in New York. The poppies, and notably this glorious specimen, were grown in the fields of a nursery on the North Shore of Long Island.