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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, 1916 - 1917
Platinum print
9 5/16 x 6 5/8 in.
85.XM.170.1

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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."