"Costume Study"

Object Details

Title:

"Costume Study"

Artist/Maker(s):

Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)

Culture:

American

Date:

1916 - 1917

Medium:

Platinum print

Dimensions:

23.7 x 16.8 cm (9 5/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

Copyright:

© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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A shimmering, gossamer river of fabric winds across the floor and envelops the draped body of model Yvonne Verlaine. In the background above her head, more fabric is hung, both framing and becoming one with the subject as the materials melt together. Two elongated teardrops of light punctuate the darkness like exclamation points. Edward Weston's possible inspiration for this costume study was a poem entitled "The Goldfish in a Bowl."

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
Bibliography

Conger, Amy. "Edward Weston's Early Photography, 1903-1926." Ph.D. diss. (University of New Mexico, 1982) 16/15.