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    IRVING PENN (American, 1917-2009)
    Harlequin Dress, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, 1950
    Platinum-palladium, 1979
    20-3/4 x 19 inches (52.6 x 48.3 cm)
    Verso: signed, titled, dated, and numbered 27/30 in pencil, edition and Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction stamps
    State: flush-mounted to aluminum, matted, framed, and glazed
    PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection, New York.

    LITERATURE:
    Other prints of this image:
    J. Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 49;
    Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago/Little, Brown and Co., 1997, cat. no. 69, pl. 44, p.93; M. Foresta and W. Stapp, Irving Penn: Master Images, Smithsonian Institution, 1990, pl. 27.

    Irving Penn began his career with Vogue in 1943, and over fifty years 150 of his photographs appeared on the cover of Vogue. Lisa Fonssagrives, one of the most sought after fashion models of her time, married Penn in 1950, the same time that some of his iconic fashion images of her were captured. Woman in Palace, Morocco; Woman with Roses on her Arm; Woman with Umbrella; Coca Dress, Balenciaga; and Harlequin Dress were all taken during 1950-51. Penn began reprinting in the 1960s a large majority of his work with the platinum palladium process. The registration bar at the top of the photograph as seen in this example, was common for Penn's work. It allowed multiple negatives, each containing a particular portion of the photographic scale, to be printed on one sheet of paper. The process of multiple exposures created an image that would not be possible with a single exposure.


    Condition Report*: Very light hanling marks verso; slight discoloration in second checker down from right shoulder, most likely from printing process; otherwise this lot is in very good condition.
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