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    Sale 2106

    Photographs

    14 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 440

    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)

    Maudelle Weston, 1939

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)
    Maudelle Weston, 1939
    gelatin silver print
    number 'N-39-M-6 (EW)' in pencil (on the reverse of the mount)
    7½ x 9½in. (9.1 x 24.2cm.)


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    Maudelle Bass Weston was a dancer and professional nude model who had worked for Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Diego Rivera and other artists. She first posed for Edward Weston in July 1939. In these nude studies, Weston shows her full body, characteristically incorporated into the natural surroundings. Weston saved 18 negatives of Maudelle, at least 12 of which have been published. Early prints of this image are rare and other examples can be found only in the collections of The University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana and The University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE ESTATE OF JOHN AND CHARLOTTE PARKINSON


    Literature

    Conger, Edward Weston: Photographs, Center for Creative Photography, 1981, fig. 1478