“An Unpredictable Game Of Risk & Chance”

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.

After Dinner Games, New York, by Irving Penn

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)

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