Woman with Roses (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) La Faurie Dress, Paris

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Woman with Roses (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) La Faurie Dress, Paris, 1950, printed December 1975

Platinum-palladium print, edition 8/40
55.1 x 37.2 cm (image); 63.3 x 56 cm (paper); 66 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “WOMAN WITH ROSES (L.F.P.) / 1026 [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Arches Paper on Aluminum / Single coating, multiple printing / Platinum-palladium / Print made December 1975”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; signed verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “8/40”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 40 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver / prints not exceeding a total of 25 may exist”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1950 by LES EDITIONS CONDE NAST S.A. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and inscribed verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]."
Restricted gift of Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1977.912

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

Publication History

Thornton, Gene. 1976. "Masters of the Camera: Stieglitz, Steichen and their Successors." Exh. cat. American Federation of Arts/Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 123. (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. 82. (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. 152. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 54. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 85. (other print of this image/variant showing edge of the theater curtain backdrop)

Fraser, Kennedy. 1992. "On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue." Exh. cat. New York Public Library/Random House. p. 89. (other print of this image)

Bruce, Chris. 1994. "After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography." Exh. cat. Henry Art Gallery/University of Washington Press. p. 63. (other print of this image)

Harrison, Martin. 1996. “Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography.” Vendome Press. p. 131. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 84, cat. 73, pl. 35.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 20 (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.