10 October 2017
IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION
IRVING PENN (1917–2009)
Poppy: Glowing Embers, New York, 1968
dye transfer print, printed 1989
signed, titled, date of image and of print, and numbered 'REF: 15549' in pencil, stamped photographer's/Vogue copyright credits and edition (verso)
image: 16 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (41.9 x 53.9 cm.)
sheet: 19 3/8 x 22 3/4 in. (49.1 x 57.7 cm.)
This work is from an edition of nineteen.
Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg New York, October 26, 2002, lot 149;
Christie's, New York, October 14, 2008, lot 376;
acquired from the above sale by the present owner.
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Alexander Libermann, Irving Penn: Passage, Knopf, New York, 1991, p. 177.
John Szarkowski, Still Life by Irving Penn, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, New York, London, 2001, n.p.
'I 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 reach with simple pleasure just to form and color, without being diverted by consideration of rarity or tied to the convention that a flower might be photographed at its moment of unblemished, nubile perfection.' —Irving Penn
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