About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Anaïs Nin, New York, 1971, printed February 1982

Platinum-palladium print, edition 17/20
50.2 x 44.6 cm (image); 63.5 x 55.7 cm (paper); 66 x 55.7 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso; “2824 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “ANAIS NIN [in a box] NEW YORK, 1971”; inscribed verso; “Rives Paper on aluminum / Platinum-palladium / Single coating, multiple printing”; inscribed verso: “17/20”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1971 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso; “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN / Hand-coated by the photographer”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 20 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 15 may exist.”; inscribed verso: “Print made February 1982”; stamped verso; “Deacidified.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.216

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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, “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. 136. (other print of this image)

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. 142, cat. 106. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 197. (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. 177. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 107, cat. 111, pl. 57.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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