"Cuzco Children", 1948
Signed Irving Penn and dated December 1976 - January 1977 and numbered 31/60 on verso. Stamped "Hand coated by the photographer" and "Photograph by Irving Penn, Copyright 1960 by The Condé Nast Publications Inc." on verso. Platinum and Platinum Palladium print mounted on aluminum, image 49.5 x 51 cm. Sheet 56.2 x 63.5 cm.
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
38 610 - 48 263 EUR
Marlborough Galleries, New York.
Camera Obscura, Stockholm.
Karin & Lars Hall Collection.
Abecita Konstmuseum, "Ur Karin och Lars Hall Collection", 21 April - 1 July 2012.
Skövde Konstmuseum, "Irving Penn, Fotografier",
2 June - 4 August 2007.
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "396 Fotografiska förälskelser", 16 June – 19 August 2001.
Maria Morris Hambourg and Jeff Rosenheim, ”Irving Penn: Centennial”, 2017, illustrated on pl. 50.
Sarah Greenough and Irving Penn, "Irving Penn Platinum Prints", 2005, illustrated on pl. 15.
Irving Penn, ”A Notebook at Random”, 2004, illustrated on p. 91.
Irving Penn e.a, "Passage, a work recorded", 1991, illustrated on fullpage p. 61.
John Szarkowski, "Irving Penn", 1984, illustrated on pl. 5.
Irving Penn, "Worlds in a Small Room", 1974, illustrated on p. 13.
Irving Penn, ”Moments Preserved”, 1960, illustrated on p. 98-99.
Irving Penn travelled a lot, sometimes on commission by Vogue who he ended up being employed by for more than sixty years. In 1948 he visited France, Italy, Spain and Peru. When he was done with a fashion shoot in Lima he extended his stay in Peru in order to portray the local population in Cusco. The city is set high above the sea, in the Andes, and was once the cultural and religious centre of the Inca Empire. Penn visited the city over the Christmas weekend, a holiday where the indigenous population arrived in the city to sell their goods and arts and crafts. During the three days that Penn photographed in Cusco he took more than 2000 images. Eleven of these, including this image of the two small children, were published in Vogue in 1949 as part of a feature entitled “Christmas at Cuzco”.
As was Penn’s custom the portrait was taken in a borrowed daylight studio. A simple canvas background and a bare stone floor frame a small solitary pillar table. The children are in the same frayed clothes and hats they would usually be wearing. The looks on the children’s faces are impenetrable, and in some ways timeless. They’re young and barefooted, yet at the same time dressed as grown-ups and with such serious eyes. Their interlaced hands form the focal point of the image.
Other examples of this subject are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Several motifs taken at the same time in Cusco can be found in the collection of Moderna Museet.
Viewing: 5 – 9 November, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
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Auction: 10 November, starts at 11 am, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm