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    Sale 7584

    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    BRETT WESTON (1911-1993)

    Tin Roofs, Mexico, 1926

    Price Realised  

    BRETT WESTON (1911-1993)
    Tin Roofs, Mexico, 1926
    gelatin silver print
    signed and dated in pencil on mount; credited, titled in German and numbered '41' in other hands in pencil on reverse of mount
    7 1/8 x 9½in. (20 x 24cm.)


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    This image demonstrates a precocious mastery by the still teenage Brett. It is a graphically refined abstraction, perfectly observed and captured, that sets up a dynamic contrast between the fine linear patterning within the diagonal structures of the roof slopes and the bold negative shape of the central shadow area.

    This specific image was one of twenty by Brett Weston selected by his father for the Film und Foto exhibition.

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    Provenance

    As lot 27.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE SPRINGEFELD COLLECTION


    Literature

    Roh, Foto-Auge, Akademischer Verlag Dr. Fritz Wedekind & Co., 1929, pl.34; Newhall, Brett Weston: Voyage of the Eye, Aperture, 1975, p.93; Eskildsen & Horak (eds.), Film und Foto: der zwanziger Jahre, Württembergischer, 1979, p.121, no.129, variant cropping, dated 'before 1929'; Newhall, The History of Photography from 1839 to the present, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1982, p.189, titled 'Corrugated Iron Roof' & dated '1925'.