1917 - 2009
FROZEN FOODS, NEW YORK, 1977
tirage dye-transfer de 1984
contrecollé sur carton
edition de 33
signé, titré, daté avec numéros d'édition et de référence '14697' et date de tirage à l'encre noire, ainsi que les tampons du photographe, du copyright, d'édition et de date d'impression, le tout au verso
monté sous passe-partout et encadré
dye-transfer print, printed in 1984
flush-mounted to card
from an edition of 33
signed, titled, dated, with edition and reference number '14697' and printing date in black pen, with the photographer's copyright, edition and printing date stamps, all on verso
mounted and framed
image: 23 ¼ x 18 ⅛ in.; 59 x 46 cm
carton / card: 29 ⅞ x 24 ¾ in.; 76 x 63 cm
This dye transfer print is in overall excellent condition, a stunning print with beautiful tones. Dry mounted to original card. Some tiny retouching marks across print only visible in raking light. A faint finger mark on card, away from the print.
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Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Private collection, Europe
Stockholm, Liljevalchs Konsthall, 396 Fotografiska förälskelser, June 16 – August 19 2001
"Iced Soups: Flash Foods" (Vogue, July 1977), ill. p. 125 (variant)
John Szarkowski, Irving Penn (New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1984), pl. 70
Irving Penn, Passage, A Work Record (London, Knopf, 1991), ill. p. 222
Irving Penn: collection privée, exhib. cat. (Fribourg, Musée d'art et d'histoire, 1994), pl. 70
Colin Westerbeck (ed.), Irving Penn Photographs 1938-2000 (New York, Thames & Hudson, 2001), n.p., cover and within (variant).
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, exhib. cat. (Washington, Smithsonian American Art Museum/ Yale, 2015), p. 189, pl. 132
Irving Penn: Le centenaire, exhib. cat. (New York / Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of art / RMN-Grand Palais, 2017), p. 37, pl. 29
Frozen Foods is one of the most striking and intriguing image of Irving Penn.
Better known for his contribution to fashion photography through the countless images published in Vogue in the 1940s and 1950s, he also mastered the still life genre with his innovative and original approach.
Transforming food into a colorful composition of icy cubic blocks of fruits and vegetables and isolating them in the studio in a monumental way shows an elegance that one would never have expected from frozen items.
The fruits and vegetables were arranged with such precision like a Renaissance painting, and the shot taken meticulously with this velvety layer of frost just before it melted under the heat of the studio lights.
This simple and creative idea contributed to making a powerful and bold image which certainly is one of the masterpieces of still life photography.