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

AIC, “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–June 6, 2010.

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.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.




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