About This Artwork

Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Berber Horsemen, A Fantasia, Morocco, 1951, printed 1951/52

Gelatin silver print, edition of 10
19.7 x 24.2 cm (image); 20.4 x 25.3 cm (paper)
Stamped and inscribed verso: “Ref. 9840”; inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “BERBER HORSEMEN, A FANTASIA / (NEAR MARRAKECH, 1951) [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1952–RENEWED 1980 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1951-1952. / IP.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 10.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “There are also in existence 39 [illegible] transfers of this image / I.P.”

Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.252

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 62–63. (other print of this image/variant in color)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 106. (other print of this image?)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 75, cat. 78, pl. 26.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.

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