Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1950, printed March 1979

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/30
50.4 x 47.8 cm (image); 63.3 x 56 cm (paper); 66.1 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “2082 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “HARLEQUIN DRESS (LISA FONSSAGRIVES-PENN)”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple Coating and Printing /1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made March 1979.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “3/30”; 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 30 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 10 may exist.”; inscribed and stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPHED IN NEW YORK, 1950 / IRVING PENN.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.236

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

Hall-Duncan, Nancy. 1979. "The History of Fashion Photography." Exh. cat. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House/Alpine Book Company. p. 153. (other print of this image)

Gee, Hellen. 1980. "Photography of the Fifties: an American Perspective." Exh. cat. Center for Creative Photography/University of Arizona. p. 154. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 49. (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. 40, cat. 27. (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. 80. (other print of this image)

Harrison, Martin. 1996. “Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography.” Vendome Press. p. 138. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 93, cat. 69, pl. 44.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta. 2000. “Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection.” Exh. cat. High Museum of Art/Rizzoli. p. 190. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.