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Nude No. 1

Artist:
Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917–2009 New York)
Date:
1947, printed February 27, 1947
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 15.9 x 15.2 cm (6 1/4 x 6 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.455.5
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Irving Penn Foundation
Not on view
By 1950, Penn was a well-known Vogue portrait and fashion photographer but had already made, privately, a major series of nudes—a personal but lesser-known body of work. During the week, he photographed models wearing fashionable clothes for the magazine, but weekends and evenings he made studies of female nudes. The women were full-bodied and the photographs unorthodox, recalling the form and spirit of archaic fertility idols.
the artist

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