The Poor Lovers, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

The Poor Lovers, New York, December 19, 1979, printed October 1980

Platinum-palladium print, edition 9/58
56 x 34.4 cm (image); 61 x 40.9 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “AR 840”; inscribed verso: “THE POOR LOVERS [in a box] / neg. made 12-19-79”; inscribed verso: “9/58”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1980 by / IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Strathmore Paper on Aluminum”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 58 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, a number of unsigned silver prints for reproduction in publications may exist.”; inscribed verso: “Print made October 1980.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.178

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. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1982. “Irving Penn: Recent Still Life: Negatives 1979–1980, Prints in Platinum Metals 1980–1982.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. p. 20, cat. 7. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 226. (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. 77. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 118, cat. 121, pl. 68.

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

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 81. (other print of this image)

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. 2010. “Archæology.” Exh. cat. Pace/MacGill Gallery. pl. 2. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.