Irving Penn 1917 - 2009

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Irving Penn - Miles Davis, New York, July 1, 1986
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 56.700 USD
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Irving Penn - The Hand of Miles Davis, New York, July 1, 1986
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 302.400 USD
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Irving Penn - Two Men in White Masks, Cuzco, Peru, 1948
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Irving Penn - Five Dahomey Girls, Two Standing, 1967
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Irving Penn - Ballet Theatre, New York, 1947
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 10.080 USD
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Irving Penn - Colette, 1951
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 7.560 USD
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Irving Penn - Steinberg in Nose Mask, New York, 1966
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April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 15.120 USD
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Irving Penn - Black Cup with Grains
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 12.700 USD
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Irving Penn - New Guinea Man with Painted-On Glasses
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Irving Penn - Charbonnier, Paris
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Irving Penn - Gerbera Daisy/Gerbera jamesonii \'Husky,\' New York
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 25.400 USD
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Irving Penn - Two Rissani Women, One With Bread, One With Child, Morocco
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 22.860 USD
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The artist Irving Penn

  • American fashion and advertising photographer who flourished in the 1940s and 50s.
  • Photographed numerous celebrities; such as Pablo Picasso in hat and coat.
  • Also made an important contribution to fine art photography with his still lifes.

Irving Penn was an American photographer best known for his contributions to fashion, portrait, and still life photography. Born on June 16, 1917 in Plainfield, New Jersey, Penn developed an interest in art during his high school years - he was allowed to study graphic design with his teacher Leon Friend (1902-1969). His parents were divorced by this time, and he moved in with his father in Philadelphia, where he attended the Museum School of Industrial Art. He graduated in 1938. Penn first worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for the Junior League Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.

In 1943, Penn was hired as an assistant to Alexander Liberman in the art department of Vogue - the same year he designed his first cover for the magazine. From 1952, Penn devoted himself primarily to commercial photography. But his oeuvre also includes still lifes and travel documentaries. In his still lifes, he often arranged everyday objects such as cigarettes, food, or jewelry into carefully crafted compositions. He explored their texture, shape, and form.

Penn's photographs are characterized by their simplicity, elegance, and focus on the subject. Through the use of natural light and minimalist backgrounds, he allowed his subjects to shine, capturing their essence and personality. Penn's career spanned several decades, during which he created iconic portraits of many prominent figures, including perhaps the most famous: Pablo Picasso in Hat and Coat Collar (1957) and his Corner Portraits (from 1948), which featured other cultural figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Marcel Duchamp.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Penn gradually turned away from fashion photography. One of his last known series of works resulted from a collaboration with Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake in the 1980s. In 1995, Penn donated his archive and a selection of his prints to the Art Institute of Chicago, and ten years later the Irving Penn Foundation was established. Until his death in 2009, Penn had numerous solo exhibitions at major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2002), the Whitney Museum of American Art (2002), and the National Gallery of Art. Penn died at the age of 92 in New York City.

Der Künstler Irving Penn

  • US-Amerikanischer Mode- und Werbefotograf mit Hochphase in den 1940er und -50er Jahren.
  • Fotografierte zahlreiche Berühmtheiten, so wie etwa Pablo Picasso mit Hut und Mantel.
  • Lieferte auch mit seinen Stillleben einen wichtigen Beitrag zur künstlerischen Fotografie.

Irving Penn war ein US-amerikanischer Fotograf, der vor allem für seine Beiträge zur Mode-, Porträt- und Stilllebenfotografie bekannt wurde. Geboren am 16. Juni 1917 in Plainfield, New Jersey, entwickelte Penn bereits während seiner High-School-Zeit Interesse an Kunst – er durfte bei seinem Lehrer Leon Friend (1902–1969) das Grafikdesign erlernen. Seine Eltern waren zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits geschieden, er zog zu seinem Vater nach Philadelphia, wo er die Museum School of Industrial Art besuchte. 1938 machte er seinen Abschluss. Penn arbeitete zunächst als freiberuflicher Designer und Illustrator für das Junior League Magazine und Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.

Im Jahr 1943 fand Penn eine Anstellung als Assistent von Alexander Liberman im Art Department der Vogue – noch im selben Jahr entwarf er sein erstes Cover für das Magazin. Ab 1952 verschrieb sich Penn vorwiegend der kommerziellen Fotografie. Aber auch Stillleben und Reisedokumentationen gehören zu seinem Œuvre. In seinen Stillleben arrangierte er meist Alltagsgegenstände wie Zigaretten, Lebensmittel oder Schmuck zu sorgfältig ausgearbeiteten Kompositionen. Er erforschte so deren Textur, Form und Gestalt.

Penns Fotografien zeichnen sich durch ihre Schlichtheit, Eleganz und die Konzentration auf das Motiv aus. Durch den Einsatz von natürlichem Licht und minimalistischen Hintergründen brachte er die Personen zum Strahlen und hielt ihr Wesen und ihre Persönlichkeit fest. Penns Karriere erstreckte sich über mehrere Jahrzehnte, in denen er ikonische Porträts von zahlreichen prominenten Persönlichkeiten schuf, darunter auch das wohl bekannteste: Pablo Picasso mit Hut und Mantelkragen (1957) und seine Corner Portraits (ab 1948), auf denen andere Kulturschaffende wie Marlene Dietrich oder Marcel Duchamp zu sehen waren. 

Ab Mitte der 70er wandte sich Penn allmählich von der Modefotografie ab. Eine seiner letzten bekannten Werkserien ging aus einer Kooperation mit dem japanischen Modedesigner Issey Miyake in den 1980ern hervor. 1995 überreichte erdem Art Institute of Chicago sein Archiv und einige Abzüge, zehn Jahre später gründete sich die Irving Penn Foundation. Bis zu seinem Tod 2009 fanden zahlreiche Soloausstellungen in großen Museen wie dem Metropolitan Museum of Art (2002), dem Whitney Museum of American Art (2002) oder der National Gallery of Art statt. Penn starb im Alter von 92 Jahren in New York City.

Irving Penn - Steinberg in Nose Mask, New York, September 30
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April 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 17.780 USD
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Irving Penn - Three Poppies, Arab Chief, New York, 1969
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 GBP
Realised: 107.100 GBP
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Irving Penn - Model Wearing Après-Ski Ensemble by Madame Grès
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The Eric Cohler CollectionPhotographs
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 3.072 USD
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Irving Penn - Pear with Seeds (A), New York, 1993
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 27.720 USD
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Irving Penn - Turkey Neck, New York, 2003
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 17.640 USD
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Irving Penn - Bedside Lamp, New York, 2006
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 60.480 USD
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Irving Penn - Dahomey Children, 1967
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 13.860 USD
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Irving Penn - Six New Guinea Mudmen, 1970
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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Irving Penn - Cleaning Women, London, 1950
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 52.920 USD
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Irving Penn - Girl in bed on Telephone (Jean Patchett), New York, April 2,1949
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 60.480 USD
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Irving Penn - Girl Drinking (MJR), New York, 1949
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 52.920 USD
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Irving Penn - Girl Behind Bottle Jean Patchett, New York, 1949
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The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale
February 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 100.800 USD
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