Père Couturier, Paris

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Père Couturier, Paris, July 26, 1948, printed c. 1948

Gelatin silver print, edition of 31
34.4 x 28.7 cm (image/paper); 42 x 40.8 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “REF. 9382”; inscribed verso: “PÉRE COUTURIER / PARIS, JULY 26, 1948 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1949–RENEWED 1977 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; inscribed verso: “Early print. I.P.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 31.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.204

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 29. (other print of this image)

Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 1986. “Irving Penn.” Exh. cat. Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo. pl. 32. (other print of this image)

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 21, cat. 8. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 45. (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. 153. (other print of this image/variant with different cropping)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 117, cat. 33, pl. 67.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.