Weston was one of the twentieth century's most influential photographers. Talented and ambitious, Weston quickly established a reputation of national prominence. Inspired by the "straight" photographic methods of photographers such as Paul Strand and Alfred Stieglitz, Weston worked in a manner that he believed "truthfully represented natural objects [without] trick, device or subterfuge." Weston is best known for his landscape photographs, his nudes, and a highly original series of close-up, organic forms such as shells, eggplants, and cabbages. "Pepper No. 43" is an outstanding example of this later series. In this work, Weston has removed the vegetable from its common context and rendered its scale ambiguous, giving it surrealist and sensual qualities.
- Artist Name: Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)
- Title: Pepper No. 43
- Date: 1930
- Medium: Gelatin silver print
- Edition: 1/50
- Dimensions: Image: 7-9/16 x 9-3/16 in. (19.2 x 23.3 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Shirley C. Burden, in memory of Flobelle Fairbanks Burden
- Accession Number: PH.1970.129
- Copyright: © 2023 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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