Fish Made of Fish, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Fish Made of Fish, New York, 1939, printed 1983

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/40
29 x 52.5 cm (image); 40.7 x 60.9 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “2939 / ..”; inscribed verso: “FISH [in a box] Photographed New York 1939 (?)”; inscribed verso: “Strathmore Paper on Aluminum / Platinum-palladium / Print made 1983”; inscribed verso: “3/40”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “gift to Tom / 1999 / I.P.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1983 by IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; 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 13 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.158

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

AIC, “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)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 12. (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. 19, cat. 2. (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. 51. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 27, cat. 2, pl. 3.

Penn, Irving. 2001. “Still Life.” Bulfinch Press. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 93. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.