About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Woman with Roses (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) La Faurie Dress, Paris, 1950, printed December 1975

Platinum-palladium print, edition 8/40
55.1 x 37.2 cm (image); 63.3 x 56 cm (paper); 66 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “WOMAN WITH ROSES (L.F.P.) / 1026 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Arches Paper on Aluminum / Single coating, multiple printing / Platinum-palladium / Print made December 1975”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; signed verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “8/40”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 40 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 25 may exist”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1950 by LES EDITIONS CONDE NAST S.A. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and inscribed verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]."

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.912

Copyright Les Editions Condé Nast S.A.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, "A History of Photography from Chicago Collection," April 24–June 6, 1982.

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, "The Human Form Divine: The Body as Seen by the Camera," February 8–June 1, 2003. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Thornton, Gene. 1976. "Masters of the Camera: Stieglitz, Steichen and their Successors." Exh. cat. American Federation of Arts/Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 123. (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. 82. (other print of this image)

Gee, Hellen. 1980. "Photography of the Fifties: an American Perspective." Exh. cat. Center for Creative Photography/University of Arizona. p. 152. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 54. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 85. (other print of this image/variant showing edge of the theater curtain backdrop)

Fraser, Kennedy. 1992. "On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue." Exh. cat. New York Public Library/Random House. p. 89. (other print of this image)

Bruce, Chris. 1994. "After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography." Exh. cat. Henry Art Gallery/University of Washington Press. p. 63. (other print of this image)

Harrison, Martin. 1996. “Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography.” Vendome Press. p. 131. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 84, cat. 73, pl. 35.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 20 (other print of this image)

Ownership History

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




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