To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Irving Penn’s birth, the Great Palace (Grand Palais), in partnership with the New York Met Museum, has decided to give him a beautiful tribute with this exhibition.

Irving Penn is above all famous for his portraits of stars, like Pablo Picasso, Audrey Heypburn, Yves Saint Laurent . He suceeded in creating a link and intimity, through his photos, between him and the ones on the other side of the lens. which is a real signature.

He started realizing this serie of portraits between 1947 and 1948. Coming back from WW1, he took back his job at the famous Vogue magazine, thanks to a special order, requested by the art director Alexander Liberman. These portraits were supposed to enhance culturally the magazine, and were published in different numbers. Models were chosen by Vogue, but Irving Penn got carte blanche to realize what he wanted..

The models were famous, but Irving not, and he was ill at ease to take them in pictures. So he decided to place them in an angle shaped by 2 partitions. Models had to get used to this limiting space and were, in turn, ills at ease but thanks to that idea, Irving Penn caught the curious look he was looking for.

At the end of this exhibition, do not forget to take your portrait a la Irving Penn-style.

Irving Penn

From September 21st, 2017 to January 29th, 2018

Grand Palais

Bus 80, in front of the hotel, drives you directly in front, dropping off at Rond Point des Champs Elysées..

Open every day from 10am to 8pm, until 10pm on Wednesdays.

Closed every Tuesday, as well as on Christmas day.

Rate : 13 €uros

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