About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cuzco Children, Cuzco, Peru, 1948, printed December 1976

Platinum-palladium print, edition 28/60
49.6 x 50.7 cm (image); 55.9 x 63.3 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “CUZCO CHILDREN”; inscribed verso: “1369 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “BF 360 Paper on Aluminum / Multiple Coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made December 1976”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 60 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 30 may exist.”; inscribed verso: “28/60”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”

Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.913

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, "Far from Home: Photography, Travel, and Inspiration," January 20–May 6, 2007. (Elizabeth Siegel and Newell G. Smith)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “In the Vernacular,” February 6–May 31, 2010. (Greg Harris)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 99. (other print of this image)

Lyons, Nathan. 1967. "Photography in the Twentieth Century." Exh. cat. National Gallery of Canada/George Eastman House. p. 56. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1974. “Worlds in a Small Room.” Grossman Publishers. p. 13. (other print of this image)

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. 29. (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. 78. (other print of this image)

Nash, Graham. 1978. "The Graham Nash Collection." Exh. cat. de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum/Nash Press. p. 68, fig. 114. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 59. (other print of this image)

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. 1990. “Other Ways of Being: 100 Photographs, 1948–1971.” Exh. cat. Pace/MacGill Gallery. pl. 4. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 61. (other print of this image)

Fraser, Kennedy. 1992. “On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue.” Exh. cat. New York Public Library/Random House. p. 79. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 177, cat. 37.

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 91. (other print of this image)

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 15. (other print of this image)

Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich . 2011. “Irving Penn: Ethnos.” Exh. cat. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography. pl. 15. (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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