About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Two Cholas (Mestizas) From Puno, Cuzco, 1948, printed 1949

Gelatin silver print, edition of 8
20.2 x 19 cm (image/paper); 35.5 x 28.4 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “172724-273/MLY”; stamped verso: “COPYRIGHT / NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS, INC.”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH / BY / PENN”; inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “TWO CHOLAS (MESTIZAS) FROM PUNO / CUZCO, DEC. 1948 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960 by Irving Penn, / COURTESY OF VOGUE / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 8.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1949. / IP.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.262

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 (Chicago only). (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 100. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 178, cat. 41.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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