Feb 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018

Heaped Black Ollas, Oaxaca

Heaped Black Ollas, Oaxaca


Edward Weston

(American, 1886–1958)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.1 x 24.1 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.3



In this image taken in the market in Oaxaca, Mexico, Weston converts a haphazard heap of pots into a rhythmic composition that alternates brightly lit, volumetric spheres with dark, flat circles. He glories in the variations and imperfections of these pots, which he avidly collected and described as “so pure, strong—purely Indian.”

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