Nude, Bertha Wardell
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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, 1927
Gelatin silver print
8 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.

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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."