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Cocoa-Colored Balenciaga Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) (A), Paris

A work made of platinum-palladium print.
Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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  • A work made of platinum-palladium print.


1950, printed June 1979


Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

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Irving Penn


Cocoa-Colored Balenciaga Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn) (A), Paris


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Made 1950


Platinum-palladium print


13 of 50


Inscribed verso: “2511 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Photographed Paris 1950”; stamped verso: “IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “COCOA DRESS (BALENCIAGA) / LISA FONSSAGRIVES-PENN [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made June 1979”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; inscribed verso: “13/50”; 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 50 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 7 may exist.”


Image: 49.8 × 49.3 cm (19 5/8 × 19 7/16 in.); Paper: 63.3 × 55.8 cm (24 15/16 × 22 in.); Mount: 66 × 55.8 cm (26 × 22 in.)

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Gift of Irving Penn

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Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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