Mouth (for L'Oréal), New York

A work made of dye imbibition print; edition of 28.
Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

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  • A work made of dye imbibition print; edition of 28.

Date:

1986, printed 1992

Artist:

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

About this artwork

Working for almost 70 years, Irving Penn produced groundbreaking images that blurred the boundaries between advertising and art. By the early 1950s, he had established a successful career as an editorial photographer at Vogue magazine and began taking on freelance advertising assignments, creating innovative photographs that stood out for their striking simplicity and unexpected details. This advertising image for L’Oréal cosmetics likens a model’s lips to a painter’s palette—offering an enticing twist on conventional representations of beauty.

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Artist

Irving Penn

Title

Mouth (for L'Oréal), New York

Origin

United States

Date

1986

Medium

Dye imbibition print; edition of 28

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso: "REF. 16815"; inscribed verso, ".."; inscribed verso: "MOUTH / (NEW YORK, 1986) [in a box]"; stamped and inscribed verso: "PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1986 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / not to be reproduced without / written permission of the copyright owner."; stamped and inscribed verso: "DYE TRANSFER PRINT MADE 1992."; stamped and inscribed verso, "SIGNED, DYE TRANSFER PRINTS OF / THIS IMAGE NOT EXCEEDING 28. / IP"; signed and stamped verso: "Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]."

Dimensions

47.5 x 46.7 cm (image); 57.8 x 49.4 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Irving Penn

Reference Number

1996.248

Copyright

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

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