Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Sitting Nude Rear, New York, 1993, printed June 1994

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/6
47 x 47 cm (image); 61.5 x 54.3 cm (paper/mount)
Inscribed verso: “../3936”; inscribed verso: “SITTING NUDE REAR / (NEW YORK, 1993) [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “HAND COATED BY / THE PHOTOGRAPHER / IP:”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “RIVES PAPER ON ALUMINUM / MULTIPLE COATING AND PRINTING / 1 [in a circle] PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / 2 [in a circle] PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / 3 [in a circle] PLATINUM-PALLADIUM”; inscribed verso: “3/6”; stamped verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1994 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; inscribed verso: “Print made June 1994”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 6 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals / unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 18 may exist. / IP”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle].”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.291

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Sitting Nude Rear, New York

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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)

AIC, "The Human Form Divine: The Body as Seen by the Camera," February 8–June 1, 2003. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 150, cat. 146, pl. 83.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.