About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Georgia O'Keeffe (B), New York, January 31, 1948, printed September 1991

Gelatin silver print, edition of 15
24.4 x 19.5 cm (image); 25.1 x 20.2 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “REF 16557”; inscribed verso: “GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (B) / NEW YORK, JAN. 31, 1948 [in a box]”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “PRINT MADE SEPT. 1991”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 15. / IP.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1984 by Irving Penn, Courtesy of Vogue / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / photographer.”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM”.

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.198

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)

London, England, National Portrait Gallery, "Irving Penn Portraits," February 18–May 30, 2010; traveled to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, July 1-September 19, 2010. (Magda Keaney)

Publication History

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 106, cat. 70. (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 71, cat. 26, pl. 22.

Danly, Susan. 2008. "Georgia O'Keeffe and the Camera: the Art of Identity." Exh. cat. Portland Museum of Art/Yale University Press. p. 23, fig. 49, p. 86, pl. 49.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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