About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Nude No. 150, New York, 1949/50, printed June/July 1989

Platinum-palladium print, edition 20/57
46.4 x 44.6 cm (image); 64 x 57.7 cm (paper); 66.8 x 57.7 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “3443/..”; inscribed verso: “NUDE 150 / NEW YORK 1949-1950 / ALTERNATE IMAGE / IN BRONZED PLATINUM PALLADIUM [in a box]”; inscribed verso; “PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / PRINT MADE JUNE-JULY 1989 / RIVES PAPER”; inscribed verso: “20/57”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1950–RENEWED 1978, COURTESY OF VOGUE / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / photographer / and THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “HAND COATED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER / I.P.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 57 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints of a similar negative not exceeding a total of 30 may exist.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.288

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. 20. (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. 31, cat. 18. (other print of this image/variant without bronzing)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 45, cat. 25. (other print of this image)

Olvey, Maggie and Suzanne Williamson. 1994. "Tradition and the Unpredictable: The Allan Chasanoff Photographic Collection." Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts/Distributed Art Publishers. p. 103 (variant). (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. 247. (other print of this image/variant without bronzing)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 77, cat. 57, pl. 28 and back cover.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. 2002. "Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949–50." Exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Bulfinch Press. front cover and p. 90. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 106. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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