Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009)
Gelatin silver print; 6 1/4 x 6 in. (15.9 x 15.2 cm)
Gift of the artist, 2002 (2002.455.5)
© 1980 Irving Penn
By 1950, Penn was a well-known Vogue portrait and fashion photographer, but had already made, privately, a major series of nudesa personal but lesser known body of work. During the week, he photographed for the magazine models wearing fashionable clothes, but weekends and evenings he worked studying the female nude. The nudes were full-bodied and the photographs unorthodox, recalling the form and spirit of archaic fertility idols.