Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, France, 1957, printed 1973

Platinum-palladium print, edition 32/45
49.6 x 49.6 cm (image); 63.3 x 55.6 cm (paper); 66.1 x 55.6 cm (mount)
Typed label, verso: “PICASSO [underlined] / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright © 1960 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / and the copyright owner.”; inscribed verso: “1114 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Wiggins-Teague Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and Printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made 1973”; signed verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “32/45”; stamped verso: “Hand-coated by the photographer”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 45 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 30 may exist.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified.”
Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.908

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, France

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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. 39. (other print of this image)

Bunker, George R. 1972. "Alexey Brodovitch and His Influences." Exh. cat. Philadelphia College of Art/Consolidated/Drake Press. p. 12. (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. 31. (other print of this image)

Varnedoe, Kirk. 1976. "Modern Portraits: the Self and Others." Exh. cat. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University/Wildenstein Gallery. p. 125, fig. 92. (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. 71. (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)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 131. (other print of this image)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 27. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 114, cat. 87, pl. 64.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. "Irving Penn: Platinum Prints." Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 37. (other print of this image)

Keaney, Magdalene. 2010. “Irving Penn Portraits.” Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London. p. 49, pl. 17. (other print of this image/variant in gelatin silver)

Ownership History

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