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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Patissiers, Paris, 1950, printed July 1976

Platinum-palladium print, edition 30/35
49.8 x 36.8 cm (image); 57.4 x 47.4 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “P1216 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “PATISSIERS, PARIS 1950”; inscribed verso: “30/35 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / print made July 1976”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1951 by / LES EDITIONS CONDE NAST SA / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; 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 6 may exist. / I.P.”
Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.906

Copyright Les Editions Condé Nast S.A.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “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)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn: A Tribute,” October 31–December 13, 2009. (Matthew S. Witkovsky)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “In the Vernacular,” February 6–May 31, 2010. (Greg Harris)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 177. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1974. “Worlds in a Small Room.” Grossman Publishers. p. 13. (other print of this image/variant showing full negative including edge of seam)

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. 25. (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. 59. (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. 32, cat. 19. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 90. (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. 199. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 34, cat. 71, pl. 10 and back cover.

Heckert, Virginia and Anne Lacoste. 2009. “Irving Penn: Small Trades.” Exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum/Getty Publications. pl. 13. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Marlborough Gallery, New York [then the artist's representative], by September 1977; sold to the Art Institute, 1977.