An extremely rare early print by Irving Penn is currently available on artnet Auctions. The piece, After Dinner Games, New York (1947), is a color photograph from a limited edition of 13 dye transfer prints of the image made between 1959 and 1960.
Mary Buschman, Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist at artnet Auctions, describes the work as follows:
Like a Baroque vanitas, this work is laden with symbols that remind us of the transience of life; it says that we are all players in the game of life, an unpredictable game of risk and chance.
I couldn’t agree more about those sentiments in terms of life. *wink*
Auction estimate: $140,000–160,000.
Auction ends: Tuesday, May 22, at 10:45 a.m. (EST)