Nude, Charis Wilson

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Nude, Charis Wilson


Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)






Gelatin silver print


24.1 × 19.2 cm (9 1/2 × 7 9/16 in.)


© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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Charis Wilson, Edward Weston's then-girlfriend and future wife, sits upon a blanket in a doorway. Wilson's head is bowed against her leg, obscuring her face. Her body and the shadows created between her legs and arms become a formal study of triangles and lines defined by light and gesture. Although not abstract, the shape of her body is graphic; even the crooked part in her pinned-back hair assumes a formal quality over and above casual detail. Wilson is slightly off-center, with the diagonal extension of her legs and feet pointing both forward and back, balancing her within the frame.

Edward Weston: The Home Spirit and Beyond (November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision (July 31 to November 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to November 25, 2007