Vionnet Dress with Fan (1925–26), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Vionnet Dress with Fan (1925–26), New York, 1974, printed January 1979

Platinum-palladium print, edition 22/37
53.4 x 49.8 cm (image); 63 x 56.2 cm (paper); 64.4 x 56.2 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “1791 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “VIONNET DRESS WITH FAN [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple Coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made January 1979”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “22/37”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1977 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 37 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 45 may exist.”
Gift of Alexander Liberman, 1985.916

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 (Chicago only). (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1977. “Inventive Paris Clothes: 1930–1939.” Viking Press. p. 53. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 123. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 219. (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. 117. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 183, cat. 116.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 68. (other print of this image)