Irving Penn's Picasso portrait achieves $50,000 at Heritage Auctions



2015-06-26 11:33:58

Irving Penn's Picasso portrait sold well in New York on April 5

A portrait of Picasso by American photographer Irving Penn achieved $50,000 at Heritage Auctions in New York on April 5.

The work (titled Picasso, Cannes, France) dates to 1957 and is one of a limited edition of 30 prints signed by Penn.

Penn is among the world’s best known fashion and portrait photographers. He worked for Vogue for much of his career and photographed a glittering array of famous subjects.

His groundbreaking style, in which he places the subject against a spare and minimal setting, proved massively influential on generations of subsequent photographers.

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams sold for an identical figure of $50,000. The image proved hugely popular among the public when it was first published and was reproduced extensively.

A portfolio of 20 photographs by Brett Weston made $32,500.

The collection (numbered 29 of an edition of 35) features a range of works that date to between 1970 and 1977, with each signed and dated in ink.

Brett Weston (1911-1993) was the son of photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) and created highly abstract compositions that pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium.His images are often exhibited alongside his father's work.

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