• the deLIGHTed eye: Modernist M auction at Christies

    Sale 2767

    the deLIGHTed eye: Modernist Masterworks from a Private Collection

    4 April 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)

    Nude, 1925

    Price Realised  

    EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958)
    Nude, 1925
    palladium print
    signed and dated in pencil (on the mount)
    image/sheet: 5¾ x 6 5/8in. (14.5 x 17cm.)
    mount: 11 7/8 x 14 1/8in. (30.2 x 35.8cm.)


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    One of Edward Weston's finest and most important nudes, this image is, however, very little-known.
    The sitter Miriam Lerner was a young Los Angeles socialite with whom Weston began a passionate affair just two weeks after he arrived in California after leaving Tina Modotti in Mexico. His relationship with Lerner led to a series of studies of her torso and hands, marking one of the first times Weston isolated a section of the body or cropped his nudes so audaciously. The Lerner image engenders a feeling of physical intimacy, while at the same time it represents a highly sophisticated formal statement by the artist.
    The print is believed to be unique at the time of writing this note. Another print from the same negative but showing Lerner's full torso is in a U.S. private collection. The negative is believed to have been destroyed in the 1930s.
    This photograph originally belonged to photographer Imogen Cunningham (see lot 16) and her husband, printmaker Roi Partridge. They obtained it from Weston in 1954, the year they divorced.

    Provenance

    From the artist;
    to Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge;
    Sotheby's, New York, November 17-18, 1980, cover and lot 285


    Literature

    Modernist Masterworks to 1925 from 'the deLIGHTed eye', A Private Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, 1985, p. 25


    Exhibited

    Modernist Masterworks to 1925 from 'the deLIGHTed eye', A Private Collection, International Center of Photography, New York, May 15-June 16, 1985