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


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.