In the Box - Horizontal

Ruth Bernhard, Photographer (American, 1905-2006)

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In the Box – Horizontal is the classic among Bernhard’s classically composed and exquisitely crafted paeans to the female nude. The photographer carefully posed her model like a sculpted sleeping Greek nymph in a cardboard packing box, which serves to frame, but not confine the figure.

"I met Ruth because I saw her photographs in a magazine of nudes. The bodies were beautifully ethereal. My husband had encouraged me to model, but I was uncomfortable. I thought that if I posed for Ruth it would be different." — Joyce Pieper, model for In the Box – Horizontal

The Ruth Bernhard Trust (Mary Ann Helmholtz and Jane Totten, Co-Trustees), San Francisco, CA; IMA.

Object Information

Ruth Bernhard (American, 1905-2006)
creation date
1962 (printed 1992)
gelatin silver print affixed to artist's mount
19 x 33-15/16 in. (image)
25 x 37-7/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Inscribed in pencil, below image, l.l.: 12/25
Signed in pencil, below image, l.r.: Ruth Bernhard
Inscribed and signed in pencil, verso, c.: In the Box - horizontal 1962 / Ruth Bernhard
Stamp, verso, l.c.: Special Limited Edition / of 25 Prints / In the Box, Horizontal / by Ruth Bernhard / Photographed: 1962: Inscribed: Printed 1992/ Edition Number 12
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Gift from the Estate of Ruth Bernhard
© Ruth Bernhard
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