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Earthly bodies : Irving Penn's nudes, 1949-50

Author: Irving Penn; Maria Morris Hambourg; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Boston : Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Little, Brown and Co., ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"One of the world's preeminent photographers, Irving Penn is famous for insightful portraiture, surprising still life, and influential fashion work - he is less well known as a superb photographer of the female nude. His most important pictures in this genre were made over fifty years ago, when the then-young photographer engaged several artist's models in a number of intense sessions modeling only their unadorned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Named Person: Irving Penn; Irving Penn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Irving Penn; Maria Morris Hambourg; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0821227874 9780821227879
OCLC Number: 49193754
Notes: "This publication is issued in conjunction with the exhibition "Earthly bodies: Irving Penn Photographs, 1949-50," organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York."
Description: 95 p. : ill., ports. ; 30 cm.
Other Titles: Irving Penn's nudes, 1949-50
Responsibility: [introduction by] Maria Morris Hambourg.

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"One of the world's preeminent photographers, Irving Penn is famous for insightful portraiture, surprising still life, and influential fashion work - he is less well known as a superb photographer of the female nude. His most important pictures in this genre were made over fifty years ago, when the then-young photographer engaged several artist's models in a number of intense sessions modeling only their unadorned bodies. These sessions took place on weekends and in the evenings, and were essentially an artistic antidote to the ephemeral fashion and surface world of the stylish ladies' magazines. The women Penn chose and the ways he viewed them produced nudes that were highly unorthodox by mid-twentieth-century standards: folded, twisted, and stretched, with extra belly, mounded hips, and puddled breasts, their fleshy torsos are sisters of Titian's and Rubens', while their mother in prodigality is the archaic fertility idol. Charged with powerful physical and sexual energy yet somehow chaste, they are among the most ambitious and successful nudes ever made." "The great 1949-50 nudes have rarely been seen, and the complete nude sessions have never been the subject of serious study. This volume illustrates some fifty of Penn's exquisitely wrought prints in silver and platinum, in particularly faithful reproduction. Sequenced to reveal the artist's progressive exploration of his theme, and his increasingly liberal and personal vision, the photographs constitute a remarkable whole - a frieze of life based on a love affair with earthly goddesses."--BOOK JACKET.

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