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 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.