Still life of Mushrooms

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Irving Penn
1966, New York
Silver print toned in selenium
Printed 1993
Signed, titled, dated in pencil,reference number 17337,copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse
Edition of 6
Image size 51 x 39 cm
14 270.10$

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Apart from being a master in photography, did you know Irving Penn was also a great painter? While his still lives are amongst the most exquisite the history of photography has ever known, some of them were studies for his paintings. The subject of mushrooms is also quite redundant in his early production. What is striking here is to see the dynamic one could find in his 1980s mushrooms paintings is already underlying in the compositions of this specific study, Still life with Mushrooms.

These specific mushrooms are the so called champignons de Paris. It is interesting to know that today it can be found in many places but France capital. The first acquaintance of the species was during Louis the XIVth kingdom in Versailles. Then during the Napoleon Ist Empire, they were highly cultivated in the catacombes (Paris underground). Later they even bothered the construction of the subway. Photographs specialists would say that humidity and foxing are not good for a print, but in this specific case, we are glad to have these soft and highly aesthetic mushrooms.

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