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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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50," January 15, 2002–April 21, 2002.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50," June 1, 2002–October 6, 2002.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50," March 22, 2003–July 27, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Irving Penn Centennial," April 17, 2017–July 30, 2017.

Grand Palais, Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. "Irving Penn Centennial," September 21, 2017–January 29, 2018.

C/O Berlin Foundation. "Irving Penn Centennial," March 24, 2018–July 1, 2018.

Instituto Moreira Salles. "Irving Penn Centennial," August 21, 2018–November 25, 2018.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949–50. Boston: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. fig. frontispiece.



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