Friday, March 13, 2015

Saul Steinberg by Irving Penn

Sheet-fed gravure is a printing process for making high-quality impressions. This gravure is a 1960 Swiss impression of a 1947 Irving Penn photograph. The subject is Saul Steinberg. The artist is posed staring intently at the camera and drawing a man's head, presumably the photographer's. Steinberg had arrived in America in 1942 just five years earlier.
Irving Penn, Saul Steinberg, 1947

Vintage Gravures Auction, March 13, 2015
Auction result:  Lot passed.

Note:  Irving Penn's photograph was taken in 1947, the year Steinberg created his Mural of Cincinnati. See my blog posts about the mural and other works by Saul Steinberg.


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