About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Couple Fishing from Bank of Seine, France, 1951, printed 1968

Color pigmentation print on porcelainized steel, edition of 8
58.2 x 50.2 cm (image); 63.6 x 53.3 cm (support)
Typed label, verso: “Print made on porcelainized steel, hand coated by the photographer. / Pigments used: Pthalocyanine Blue / Ultramarine Blue [crossed out] / Viridian / Terre Verte / Quinacridone Red / Cadmium Red [crossed out] / Burnt Sienna / [illegible yellow pigment; crossed out] / Cadmium Yellow / Cadmium Yellow Deep [crossed out] / [illegible yellow pigment; crossed out ] / Yellow Ochre / Chinese White [crossed out] / Carbon Black [crossed out] / Bone Black [crossed out] / Charcoal Grey”; signed label: “Irving Penn [in a circle]”

Typed and inscribed label, verso: “.. / PLATE NO. 47 / COUPLE FISHING FROM BANK OF SEINE [underlined] / (France 1951) / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright © 1953 – Renewed 1981 / The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of the copyright owner.”

Inscribed verso: “47 ..”

Labeled verso: “Of this image, the following prints exist: / 5 dye transfer prints / 8 pigment color prints (on porcelainized steel) / 5 pigment color prints (on paper on aluminum) / 15 platinum prints”; inscribed on label: “Print made 1968 / Ip”; inscribed label: “6/13”; signed and stamped label: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.251

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

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 13. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. 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. 83, cat. 77, pl. 34.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 33 (other print of this image/variant in platinum)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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