Cocoa-Colored Balenciaga Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) (A), Paris

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Cocoa-Colored Balenciaga Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) (A), Paris, 1950, printed June 1979

Platinum-palladium print, edition 13/50
49.8 x 49.3 cm (image); 63.3 x 55.8 cm (paper); 66 x 55.8 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “2511 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Photographed Paris 1950”; stamped verso: “IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “COCOA DRESS (BALENCIAGA) / LISA FONSSAGRIVES-PENN [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made June 1979”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “13/50”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1950 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 50 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 7 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.233

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. 26. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 47. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 82. (other print of this image)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 63. (other print of this image)

Harrison, Martin. 1996. “Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography.” Vendome Press. p. 146. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 179, cat. 63.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art /Yale University Press. pl. 21. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.