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20th Century
7 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.37 cm x 24.13 cm)

Brett Weston, American, (1911–1993)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 1936.12
Brett Weston was an American photographer best known for his lyrical black-and-white treatment of the natural world. Son of the pioneering photographer Edward Weston, he had his first one-man museum show at the de Young Museum at the young age of 21. With an oeuvre that helped define the contemporary photography movement, Weston was as interested in the abstract qualities created through negative space as he was in objects themselves. Instead of using the matte papers that were popular in the 1920s, he developed a preference for high-gloss papers due to the sharp precision they gave to his abstract compositions.

This work by Weston is exemplary of his process, in which he flattened the plane, engaging in layered space, an artistic style more commonly seen among abstract expressionists and more modern painters than photographers.

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  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.37 cm x 24.13 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

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