Betty Katz, Los Angeles

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Betty Katz, Los Angeles


Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)






Palladium print


19.1 x 24.3 cm (7 1/2 x 9 9/16 in.)


© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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Early in Edward Weston's career in the 1910s his style was Pictorialist. Soon, however, he began to move toward a different approach. This soft-focus portrait of Betty Katz (later Brandner) reveals the early influence of Pictorialism but is also Modernist in its self-conscious use of space and form as subjects of the photograph. Weston subordinated Katz's figure to the graphic abstraction of the large rectangles that she appears to hold up. The print's muted tones flatten the image's depth, reducing the room to a two-dimensional space.

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
Southern California Pictorialism (September 13 to November 27, 1994)
  • Huntington Art Collections, (San Marino), September 13 to November 27, 1994
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