Sep 2, 2004

Dunes, Oceano

Dunes, Oceano


Edward Weston

(American, 1886–1958)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.1 x 24.1 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.); Mounted: 33.4 x 40.6 cm (13 1/8 x 16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2001.92


Did you know?

Edward Weston’s views of the dunes near Oceano, California, were a definitive break from earlier, more narrative depictions of Western landscapes.


Weston's images hover between representation, abstraction, and metaphor. His sharply focused view of this natural phenomenon becomes a rhythmic design of darks and lights, gentle curves, and crisp edges. The hills of sand echo the waves of the sea, visible at the top of the picture, and engulf the viewer in their sensuous undulations.

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