About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Summer Sleep, New York, 1949, printed 1984

Dye imbibition print, edition of 29
40 x 57 cm (image); 50.8 x 60.8 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: "REF. 5002"; inscribed verso: ".."; inscribed verso: "SUMMER SLEEP / (NEW YORK, 1949) [in a box]"; stamped and inscribed verso: "PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1949 - Renewed 1977 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / not to be reproduced without / written permission of the copyright owner."; signed and tamped verso: "Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]"; stamped and inscribed verso: "SIGNED PRINTS OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH / NOT EXCEEDING 29."; signed and inscribed verso: "DYE TRANSFER PRINT MADE 1985. / IP:."

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.230

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)

Publication History

Liberman, Alexander. 1951. “The Art and Technique of Color Photography.” Simon and Schuster. pp. 12–13, cat. 12. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. pp. 122–23. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 99. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 79. (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. 109. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 100, cat. 45, pl. 51.

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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