Irving Penn (1917-2009); Cuzco Children, Peru;
Lot 61
Irving Penn
(1917-2009)
Cuzco Children, Peru
US$ 200,000 - 300,000
£ 150,000 - 230,000

100 Photographs

6 Apr 2018, 16:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
Irving Penn (1917-2009); Cuzco Children, Peru; Irving Penn (1917-2009); Cuzco Children, Peru;
Irving Penn (1917-2009)
Cuzco Children, Peru, 1948
Platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed January 1978, signed, titled, dated, numbered '60/60', notation '1438', annotation 'BF paper on Aluminum, single-coating, multiple printing, Platinum and Palladium' in pencil, 'Penn/Condé Nast' copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the flush-mount verso.
19 1/2 x 20 3/8in (49.6 x 50.7cm)
sheet /flush-mount 25 x 20in (63.5 x 50.8cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Pace MacGill, New York.

    Literature
    Penn, Moments Preserved, Simon and Schuster, pp. 98-99; Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, p. 13; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., cat. no. 78; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, pl. 59; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf/Callaway, p. 61; Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, Little, Brown and Co., cat. no. 37, p. 177; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, pl. 15.

    No Penn portrait surpasses his masterpiece, Cuzco Children. Taken in an antiquated photographer's studio he borrowed during a working trip to Peru, this black-and-white image of a diminutive Indian boy and girl--barefooted, hatted, and hands clasped atop a Victorian tripod table--could easily have descended into heart-tugging bathos, a Save the Children fund-raising poster. Instead, Penn treats his solemn-faced subjects with as much respect and dignity as Andrew Brady did when he immortalized Abraham Lincoln, and the same tenderness and affection with which Velásquez portrayed the Spanish infanta and her mastiff in Las Meninas. If anyone ever wonders whether Penn--obsessive technician, yeoman artist, and perfectionist nonpareil--had a heart, this picture provides irrefutable proof positive.
    MARTIN FILLER ("The Mighty Penn", The New York Review of Books, October 19, 2009)

    This exceptional platinum print was made by Irving Penn in his Long Island studio. The platinum printing process is very variable and no two prints are alike. This print was originally bought by a collector and photographer with a printer's eye, and is one of the most glorious renditions of Mr. Penn's unique platinum on aluminum prints.
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