Elizabeth Murray


Silver print

10 3/8 × 10 3/4 in

Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the undisputed masters of twentieth-century photography, is known for his iconic images of haute couture and still life, but also, and above all, for his magnificent portraits of the artists, writers and celebrities who marked the cultural landscape of their time.

Considered one of the most important postmodern abstract artists of her time, Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) was at the forefront of American painting for over fifty years. Her work questions the relationship between painter and subject, and between the painting and its context of presentation. Throughout her career, Murray taught her art and techniques at leading American universities. Her works are among the major collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

This photograph was shown for the first time by Pinault Collection in 2023 during the exhibition “Irving Penn, Artists' Portraits”, Villa Les Roches Brunes, Dinard.