Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

1923

Edward Weston

(American, 1886-1958)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.1 x 23.9 cm (7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 19.1 x 23.9 cm (7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.2

Description

Weston’s photograph emphasizes the majesty and monumental scale of the third largest pyramid in the world, founded around 200 A.D. by the Teotihuacanos not far from Mexico City. The print was made as Weston’s work was evolving from the soft focus and emotional emphasis of pictorialism to the clearly detailed, sharply focused, more formalist modernism, and contains traits characteristic of both movements.

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