O'Sullivan's Heels, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

O'Sullivan's Heels, New York, c. 1939, printed 1983

Gelatin silver print, edition of 15
28.6 x 27 cm (image); 35.3 x 27.9 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “REF. 12559”; inscribed verso: “O’SULLIVAN’S HEELS [in a box] / NEW YORK, 1939 (?)”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1983 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF THIS NEGATIVE / NOT EXCEEDING 15.”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1983”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.184

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

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 175, cat. 5.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.