Pajaritos (Little Birds)

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Pajaritos (Little Birds)


Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)




Mexico, North America (Place created)




Palladium print


19.1 × 21.1 cm (7 1/2 × 8 5/16 in.)


© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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The bird is a beauty indeed--a blue heron, bill and feet red, neck turned over its back to almost a completed circle--a lovely thing in line, but done by nature (albeit nature improved by man) for the bird is a painted gourd.

Edward Weston's affinity for Mexico's gourds, hand-painted by local craftsmen, was such that he both photographed and wrote about these brightly decorated creations. Since ancient times Mexican artisans have been using gourds as vessels and ornaments. Enamored of their graceful shapes, Weston collected a number of these traditional folk artifacts during his three-year stay in Mexico and used them in photographs taken almost twenty years after he returned to the United States.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
  • Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003
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