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Irving Penn's 'Bare Back' At Auction Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

20 March 2015

Irving Penn's Woman with Bare Back, his 1961 image of a woman in evening wear seen from the side, is being offered at auction at artnet auctions. The selenium toned, gelatin silver print was printed by Penn himself in 1984 in an edition of 12.

WomanWoman with Bare Back. Irving Penn, 1961.

Text of the catalog notes follow:

An excellent example of Irving Penn's genius, Woman with Bare Back exemplifies the mysterious quality ever apparent in the artist's work, achieved by the use of his iconic chiaroscuro effect. Dynamically lit, the model’s face appears only in silhouette, exposing her highlighted back framed by the lush arrangement of her fur, hair, and radiating pearl drop earring. This exceptional photograph rarely comes to market and presents an excellent opportunity to acquire a piece of fashion photography history. This print is printed by Irving Penn and selenium toned.

Opening bid for Woman with Bare Back is $33,000. The auction closes on March 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

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