About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Three Dahomey Girls, One Reclining, 1967, printed 1968

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/35
42.2 x 41.6 cm (image); 57.8 x 52.9 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “3 DAHOMEY GIRLS (I)”; inscribed verso: “P239 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “3/35”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Print made 1968”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; inscribed verso; “This Print Exhibited: Galleria Carica d’arte Moderna, Bologna / The Photographers’ Gallery, London / 1975 / IP [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 35 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 15 may exist.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1967 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.275

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. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 143. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 103. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 96. (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. 51, cat. 38. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 171. (other print of this image)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 69, cat. 46. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 182, cat. 102.

Wolf, Sylvia. 1998. "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women." Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press. p. 17, fig. 17.

Penn, Irving. 2004. “Irving Penn Photographs of Dahomey (1967).” Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Hatje Cantz Publishers. p. 15. (other print of this image)

Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich. 2011. “Irving Penn: Ethnos.” Exh. cat. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography. pl. 19. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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