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January 27, 2017 12:00 PMCalender

Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009) Marcel Duchamp, New York

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2977BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 27, 2017 12:00PM


Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009)

Marcel Duchamp, New York, 1948, printed 1979. Signed and numbered "Irving Penn 4/20" in pencil on the backing with additional pencil annotations and copyright and edition stamps. Platinum/palladium print on Rives paper mounted to aluminum, image size 18 3/4 x 12 1/8 in. (47.8 x 30.8 cm),framed.
Condition: Good.

Provenance: Estate of Richard E. Anderson, New York, New York/Redding, Connecticut.

N.B. One of the most prolific and celebrated fashion photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn created a series of minimalist studio portraits that were noted for capturing and isolating unique aspects of his subjects' personalities. In 1948, Penn pushed together two studio flats to create a sharper than 90 degree corner into which he placed his sitters. Some lean casually against the walls or take on interesting poses while sitting. Others, like Duchamp, appear wedged into the claustrophobic space, which Penn described as surprisingly comforting to his subjects. For his "corner" portraits, Penn photographed a wide range of artists, writers, dancers, socialites, musicians, and other celebrities, including Truman Capote, Joe Louis, and the Duchess of Windsor.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

Sheet measures 23 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. (60.4 x 49.0 cm). The print surface is in good condition. There is some discoloration from the aluminum mount at the top edge of the sheet.

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