Lot 237
Irving Penn (1917-2009), Nude, 1949-1950
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Gelatin silver print, negative 1949-1950, pencil signed on the verso, edition of 20, with Penn / Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition, and date stamps on the verso, verso also bears reference number 19187P-293 in pencil, framed.

Full stamped text on the verso reads as follows: "Copyright 1980 by Irving Penn / May not be reprinted without written permission by Irving Penn / The Condé Nast Publications Inc." Second stamp reads: "One of no more than 20 [handwritten edition number] signed silver prints of this negative / Each print differs somewhat from the others / Negative and prints made 1949-1950." Third stamp reads: "Photograph by Irving Penn."

Image size 15 3/8 x 14 3/4 in.; Sheet size 19 15/16 x 19 15/16 in.; Frame dimensions 25 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.

In 1949-1950, famed fashion photographer, Irving Penn, completed this series of nude photographs on nights and weekends between his assignments for Vogue. As a contrast to the fashion models who were often in front of the camera, Penn decided to hire professional female models who typically posed for painters and sculptors, and whose curvy figures were more in line with the real-life female form. This series also deviated from Penn's idealized, glossy magazine spreads because he manipulated and overexposed the photographs, giving them an otherworldly quality.

Sheet rippling and few soft creases; several minute creases/nicks at margin edges/ four corners; very slight margin toning; approx. three minute scratches only visible under raking light; few faint verso smudges.

$3,000 - 6,000