A seminal figure in twentieth-century photography, Irving Penn profoundly influenced the world of fashion as well as the portraiture and still life genres from the 1950s on. Onwards his close personal relationship to the MEP and the generosity of the Irving Penn Foundation made it possible for the museum to acquire a vast ensemble of his works, one of the largest ensembles by a single artist in its collection.
  • Irving Penn, Marchande de ballons, Paris, 1950
    Tirage au platine-palladium, 54,6 x 46 cm
    Partial gift of The Irving Penn Foundation in 2020 © Condé Nast
  • Irving Penn, Red-Lacquered Lid, New York, 1994
    Tirage à destruction de colorants (Cibachrome), 60,6 x 55,2 cm
    Partial gift of The Irving Penn Foundation in 2020 © The Irving Penn Foundation
  • Irving Penn, Rochas Mermaid Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950
    Tirage au platine, 63 x 56 cm
    Acquis en 1992 © Condé Nast
  • Irving Penn, Cuzco Children, 1948
    Tirage gélatino-argentique, 49,5 x 51,8 cm
    Partial gift of The Irving Penn Foundation in 2020 © Condé Nast
  • Irving Penn, Cigarette n°37, New York, 1972
    Quatre tirages au platine, 158 x 120 cm
    Acquis en 1992 © The Irving Penn Foundation
  • Irving Penn, Saul Steinberg in Nose Mask, New York, 1966
    Tirage gélatino-argentique viré au sélénium, 39,5 x 39 cm
    Acquis en 1992 © Condé Nast
  • Irving Penn, Marcel Duchamp, New York, 1948
    Tirage gélatino-argentique viré au sélénium, 25 x 19,5 cm
    Acquis en 1992 © The Irving Penn Foundation

“Une bonne photographie est celle qui communique un fait, touche le cœur du spectateur et le transforme. En un mot, c’est une photographie efficace”.

— Irving Penn