Edward Weston


"Cypress and Stone Crop, Point Lobos," from the "Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio," 1946

Gelatin silver print on paper mounted to a thin board mount
Edition: Printed 1951, from an edition of 100
Initialed and dated in pencil on the mount, at right: EW; with an ink stamp and number notation in pencil on the mount, verso: Portfolio Print No. 9
Image/Sheet: 9.5" H x 7.5" W; Mount: 16" H x 13.75" W

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Oakland, CA.
  • Literature: Conger 1806/1946
    Edward Weston, "What is Photographic Beauty?" American Photography 45, no. 12 (December 1951): p. 739-743.
    Edward Weston, "What is Photographic Beauty?" Camera Craft 46, no. 6 (June 1939): 247-255.
    Merle Armitage, ed., "50 Photographs by Edward Weston" (New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947), plate 46.
    Edward Weston, "The Flame of Recognition," ed. Nancy Newhall (Millerton, New York: Aperture, 2017), 97.
    Kathy Kelsey Foley, "Edward Weston's Gifts to His Sister" (Dayton, OH: Dayton Institute of Art, 1978), 59.
    Keith F. Davis, "Edward Weston: One Hundred Photographs from The Nelson-
    Atkins Museum of Art and the Hallmark Photographic Collection" (Kansas City, MO: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1982), 60. [Titled and date here: North Wall, Point Lobos, 1946.].
    James Enyeart, "California Landscapes" (Boston: Little, Brown, 1984), plate 76.
    Beaumont Newhall, "Supreme Instants: The Photography of Edward Weston" (Boston: New York Graphic Society and Little, Brown, 1986), cat. 212, plate 110.
    Amy Conger, "Edward Weston: Photographs from the Collection of the Center for Creative Photography" (Tucson, AZ: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1992), #1806/1946.
    David Travis, "Edward Weston: The Last Years in Carmel" (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago; New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2001), 125, cat. 64, plate 64; 13, fig. 2. [Titled and dated here: North Dome, Point Lobos, 1946.].
    Gloria Williams, ed., "The Collectible Moment: Catalogue of Photographs in the
    Norton Simon Museum" (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 288, cat. 288. [Titled and dated here: North Dome, Point Lobos, 1946.].
  • Notes: We are grateful to Susan Ehrens for her assistance in cataloguing this work.

    "Historically, it is surprising that this would be one of the ten best-known images by Weston since it so obviously betrays what was in 1946 still thought by many to be the mandate of even artistic photography, to record Nature truthfully, or at least credibly. How could nature, with her random behavior, arrange a composition around a diamond in the center of the film?....Weston seems to have perceived Nature here as an architect, with an apparently orderly plan....Weston was also attracted to the random elements, like the delicate branches and twigs resembling strokes of zen calligraphy, showing that this same Nature was never static, but, in fact, could be depended upon to be mysterious and unpredictable." Amy Conger, 1992
  • Condition: Overall good condition. The mount is affixed to the back mat with four paper archival corners.


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