Edward Weston (1886-1958)
Edward Weston (1886-1958)

Dunes, Oceano, 1936

Edward Weston (1886-1958)
Dunes, Oceano, 1936
gelatin silver print, mounted on board
initialed and dated in pencil (mount, recto); signed, titled, dated, and numbered '37SO' in pencil (mount, verso)
image/sheet: 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (19.2 x 24.2 cm.)
mount: 14 1/8 x 15 1/2 in. (38 x 39.5 cm.)
The artist;
Walter Colman (1903-1983), Rockford, Illinois, acquired directly from the above, 1940s;
Sotheby's, New York, 6 October 2010, lot 119.
James Enyeart, Edward Weston's California Landscapes, Little Brown and Co., Boston, 1984, pl. 73.
Amy Conger, Edward Weston: Photographs, Center for Creative Photography, 1992, fig. 941/1936.
Jennifer A. Watts (ed.), Edward Weston: A Legacy, The Huntington Library, Los Angeles, 2003, pl. 11.
Kurt Markus, Dune: Edward & Brett Weston, Kalispell, 2003, p. 5.
Judith Hochberg et al., Edward Weston: Life Work, Lodima Press, Revere, 2004, pl. 73.
Brett Abbott, In Focus: Edward Weston, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2005, pl. 74.
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Photographs of Edward Weston, 11 February - 31 March, 1946.

Lot Essay

During the 1930s, the coastal sand dunes in Oceano, California, were the home to artists, writers, and assorted misfits, mystics, and nudists who were collectively known as the 'Dunites.' They published a magazine, the Dune Forum, whose first issue, in late 1933, featured a cover photo by Edward Weston's son Chandler. At the urging of Chandler and his brother Brett, Edward Weston himself made five Oceano studies in 1934 (numbered in the 'SO' series, short for 'Soil') and nearly fifty more in 1936. They mark his greatest achievement in landscape photography. Of these, the two in the present collection, '37SO' and '45SO' (Lot 37), commonly known as Black Dunes and White Dunes, respectively, were selected by photo-historians Beaumont and Nancy Newhall for inclusion in their seminal 1958 book Masters of Photography, and ever since have been the two most celebrated and reproduced dunes in the series.

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