IRVING PENN (1917–2009)
Dandelion/Taraxacum officinale, New York, c. 1973
archival pigment print, flush-mounted on board, printed 2006
signed, titled, dated, numbered 'REF: 22642', and inscribed in ink, stamped edition information and photographer's copyright credit (flush mount, verso)
image/sheet/flush mount: 2178 x 1712 in. (55.5 x 44.4 cm.)
This work is from an edition of eighteen.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Irving Penn: Flowers, Hamiltons Gallery, London, 2015, pl. XXI.
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Penn's flowers series began while on assignment for Vogue, when, over seven consecutive December issues, Penn devoted each one to a particular flower. In keeping with his trademark minimalist aesthetic, Penn stripped the flower of its traditional context and associations, namely, a romantic bouquet or a traditional centerpiece. Instead, each was presented in a fresh, modern way, encouraging viewers to focus on the delicate intricacies of the filaments; the glimmer of water droplets; the wide range of colors and tonalities; and the distinct organic textures. This was Penn’s consistent methodology, which lent itself naturally to presenting something as ordinary and familiar as a flower as an extraordinary, sculptural objet d’art.

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