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Artist Name:

Edward Weston

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1886–1958

Title:

Shells

Date:

1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Accession Number:

1986.124

Currently Not on View
This photograph was taken after Weston’s return from Mexico, where he experienced a radical artistic discovery: a straight photograph, manipulated only by choices of light and framing, could reveal extraordinary forms and surprises in even the most common subjects. The image was also a product of his recent introduction to Henrietta Shore, who was working on a series of paintings of shells. Framing them at close range against a dark ground, Weston created delicate geometric compositions that are beautifully intriguing, nearly abstract, and exceedingly sensual. His "Shells" series was one of his most popular, and the images were received with much acclaim from his artistic peers and art critics of the time.



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