Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Colette, Paris, 1951, printed December 1976

Platinum-palladium print, edition 1/50
49.4 x 49.4 cm (image); 61.8 x 56 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “COLETTE”; inscribed verso: “452 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “BF. 260 Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made December 1976”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “In addition to 50 prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 25 may exist.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.207

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

Colette, Paris

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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. 22. (other print of this image)

Photography in the Fine Arts. 1961. "Photography in the Fine Arts: Third Exhibit." Exh. cat. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. p. 49. (other print of this image)

Photography in the Fine Arts. 1965. "Photography in the Fine Arts, 1965 World’s Fair Exhibit." Exh. cat. New York. p.35, pl. 98. (other print of this image)

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 30. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 77. (other print of this image)

Museum Ludwig. 1984. “Sammlung Gruber: Photographie des 20. Jarhunderts.” Exh. cat. Museum Ludwig. p. 343. (other print of this image)

Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 1986. “Irving Penn.” Exh. cat. Printemps des Artes de Monte-Carlo. pl. 20. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 35. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 111. (other print of this image?)

Fraser, Kennedy. 1992. “On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue.” Exh. cat. New York Public Library/Random House. p. 103. (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. 56, cat. 35. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 156, cat. 76, pl. 89.

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 11. (other print of this image)

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 36. (other print of this image)

Keaney, Magdalene. 2010. “Irving Penn Portraits.” Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London. p. 45, pl. 15. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.