After meeting Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand on a visit to New York in 1922, Weston abandoned his early Pictorialist style for the purified formal rigor of straight photography. On March 2, 1924, Weston went with friends to attend a circus performance in Mexico and returned later to photograph the tent. He described this and one of the two other negatives he made there as "pleasant and beautiful abstractions, intellectual juggleries," and this image was cited by the painter Diego Rivera as one of his favorite prints by Weston. With its simple lines and airy upward sweep, it is easy to understand why the artists held it in such high esteem.
Inscription: Signed and dated in pencil on print, verso LL to LC: "Edward Weston // Mexico 1924"
[Witkin Gallery to Waddell, February 14, 1981]; John C. Waddell
See Newhall, Nancy, ed. The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Vol. 1 (Rochester: George Eastman House, 1961), pp.52-53, 59. See JCW inventory card for information on provenance.