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Palma Cuernavaca II

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Palma Cuernavaca II

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Edward Weston
American, 1886–1958

Date

1925

Medium

Palladium print

Accession #

1991.54

Dimensions

Image/Sight: 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This abstract photograph demonstrates Weston’s understanding of how a straight photograph, manipulated only through choices of light and framing, could reveal extraordinary forms and surprises in even the most common subjects. A viewer might easily mistake this palm tree for a factory smokestack—only the title or close examination reveals its true nature. This newfound appreciation for simplicity and the everyday was a key aspect of the early 1900s Modernist movement.

Credit

Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection to mark the retirement of Gudmund Vigtel

Image Copyright

© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York