About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

John Marin, New York, 1947, printed April 1977

Platinum-palladium print, edition 1/40
54.3 x 39.7 cm (image); 63.3 x 56 cm (paper); 66 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “795 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “JOHN MARIN”; inscribed verso: “1/40”; inscribed verso: “BF 360 paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made April 1977.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “In addition to 40 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 42 may exist.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1948 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.909

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)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism," January 22–April 17, 2011; traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art, June 26–September 11, 2011 (Chicago only). (Martha Tedeschi)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 134. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 14. (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. 101, cat. 65. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 28. (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. 22, cat. 5. (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. 139. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 176, cat. 20.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 3 (other print of this image)

Tedeschi, Martha and Kristi Dahm. 2011. "John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism." Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press. p. 174, fig. 121.

Ownership History

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

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