Violet Romer as Psyche, III

Violet Romer as Psyche, III

1915

Edward Weston

(American, 1886-1958)

Platinum print, toned

Image: 23 x 16.7 cm (9 1/16 x 6 9/16 in.); Mounted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.); Paper: 23.8 x 17.3 cm (9 3/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.132

Location

Description

While Weston’s work is usually viewed as the epitome of modernist photography, in his early career he worked in a pictorialist manner. Influenced by Clarence H. White, Karl Struss, and particularly Anne Brigman, he typically used a soft-focus lens and scrim lighting to soften edges and create spatial and planar ambiguity, and he preferred symbolist subject matter in his work until 1915-16. Weston’s interest in photographing dancers—a theme often explored by Brigman—likely developed after meeting her in 1915. That year he photographed several dancers, including Violet Romer, of whom at least 22 photographs exist, including 4 in her title role for The Psyche Myth. During this period he submitted a portfolio to the prestigious London Salon of Photography that resulted in a series of articles, bringing the young photographer his first favorable critical response.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.