About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, France, 1957, printed 1973

Platinum-palladium print, edition 32/45
49.6 x 49.6 cm (image); 63.3 x 55.6 cm (paper); 66.1 x 55.6 cm (mount)
Typed label, verso: “PICASSO [underlined] / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright © 1960 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / and the copyright owner.”; inscribed verso: “1114 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Wiggins-Teague Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made 1973”; signed verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “32/45”; stamped verso: “Hand-coated by the photographer”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 45 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 30 may exist.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified.”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.908

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)

Ownership History

Marlborough Gallery, New York [then the artist's representative], by September 1977; sold to the Art Institute, 1977.

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