Nude No. 1

Irving Penn American

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.

Nude No. 1, Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917–2009 New York), Gelatin silver print

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