Nude on Sand, Oceano

Nude on Sand, Oceano

1936

Edward Weston

(American, 1886-1958)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 18.2 x 24.3 cm (7 3/16 x 9 9/16 in.); Paper: 18.2 x 24.3 cm (7 3/16 x 9 9/16 in.); Mounted: 35 x 38.7 cm (13 3/4 x 15 1/4 in.)

Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.24

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Fun Fact

This woman shown here, writer Charis Wilson, married Weston three years later.

Description

Weston’s views of empty dunes near Oceano, California, broke with earlier narrative depictions of western landscapes. Charis Wilson accompanied him on this shoot as a spectator, but entranced by the empty beach, took off her clothes and rolled down a steep slope. Weston turned his camera away from the distant vistas and photographed her instead, creating one of his most famous series of nudes.

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