About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Frozen Foods with String Beans, New York, 1977, printed 1993

Dye imbibition print, edition of 21
56.2 x 43.6 cm (image); 57.9 x 49.4 (paper)
Inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “FROZEN FOOD (WITH STRING BEANS) / (NEW YORK, 1977) [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1993 by Irving Penn, / Courtesy of Vogue / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of photographer.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, DYE TRANSFER PRINTS OF / THIS IMAGE NOT EXCEEDING 21. / IP.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “DYE TRANSFER PRINT MADE 1993.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle].

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.170

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000. (Colin Westerbeck)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "When Color Was New,” February 24–April 29, 2007. (Katherine Bussard)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn: A Tribute,” October 31–December 13, 2009. (Matthew S. Witkovsky)

Publication History

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 70. (other print of this image/variant with different food arrangement)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 222. (other print of this image)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 97, cat. 70. (other print of this image)

Lundström, Jan-Erik. 1995. “Irving Penn fotografier: en donation till mine av Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn/Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn.” Exh. cat. Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag. p. 75. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 91, cat. 120, pl. 42.

Penn, Irving. 2001. “Still Life.” Bulfinch Press. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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