Nude, Bertha Wardell

Object Details

Title:

Nude, Bertha Wardell

Artist/Maker(s):

Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Glendale, California, United States (Place created)

Date:

1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

22.1 x 16.5 cm (8 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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After seeing an exhibition of his photographs at the University of California at Los Angeles, the dancer Bertha Wardell volunteered to model for Edward Weston. She soon became a friend and lover, modeling for him in the spring of 1927 at his Glendale studio. Weston particularly admired her dancer's combination of strength and grace, writing that "her beauty in movement is an exquisite sight."

Exhibitions
The Art of Photography: 1839 - 1989 (February 11 to December 23, 1989)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 11 to April 30, 1989
  • National Gallery of Australia, (Canberra), June 1 to August 1, 1989
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), September 23 to December 23, 1989
Persistent Themes: Notable Photography Acquisitions, 1985 - 1990 (June 5 to September 2, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 5 to September 2, 1990
Dance in Photography (February 2 to March 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to March 28, 1999
Tina Modotti and Edward Weston: The Mexico Years (April 29 to August 1, 2004)
  • Barbican Art Gallery, (London), April 29 to August 1, 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
Bibliography

Conger, Amy. "Edward Weston's Early Photography, 1903-1926." Ph.D. diss. (University of New Mexico, 1982) fig. 537/1927, titled: "Bertha, Glendale".

The Art of Photography (1989) fig. 218.