Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Chicks in a Jar (A), Mexico, 1942, printed 1983

Gelatin silver print, edition of 10
35.5 x 27.6 cm
Inscribed verso: “CHICKS IN A JAR (A) / MEXICO, 1942 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright (c) 1964 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 10.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1983. / IP.”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.160

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Chicks in a Jar (A), Mexico

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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)

Publication History

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago and Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company. cat. 10, pl. 1.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.