17 May 2006
Picasso (B), Cannes, 1957
gelatin silver print, printed 1984
signed, initialled, titled, dated and annotated 'neg. no. 31' in ink, numbered '7857' in pencil, 'Penn/Condé Nast' copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on reverse of flush-mount
16 x 15 1/8in. (46.6 x 38.4cm.)
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Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon & Schuster, 1960, p.39, for a variant; Penn, Passage, Jonathan Cape, 1991, p.125, for a variant; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art, 2005, pl.37, for a variant.
Penn described Picasso as 'A great presence, deeply aware of his own image...' (Moments Preserved, p.39)
The photographer has stamped and annotated the reverse of the flush-mount stating 'signed, silver prints of this negative not exceeding 21.'
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