Charis Wilson, the model for this series, admitted to being shocked upon seeing Weston’s nudes for the first time, as she had previously known only the romantically retouched photographs of depilated bodies then popular. In studying Weston’s work she found, "I couldn’t get past the simple amazement at how real they were. Then I began to see the rhythmic patterns, the intensely perceived sculptural forms, the subtle modulations of tone, of which these small, perfect images were composed. And I began to appreciate the originality of the viewpoint that had selected just these transitory moments and made them fast against the current of time."
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, verso TL: "235 N"; TR: "Nude, 1936 C.W."; stamped on mount, verso C: "NEGATIVE // BY // EDWARD WESTON // PRINT // BY"; signed in pencil, beneath the stamp: "Cole Weston"; pencil inscription on mat, verso TL to TR: "235N Cole Weston Nude, 1936 CW"; printed and typed paper label affixed to fame backing, verso TL: "Art Lending Service 21 West 53 Street, New York // The Museum of Modern Art // Number 745-604 // Artist Edward WESTON // Title NUDE 1936 // Medium photograph // Price $195 // Rental $20 for two months // Gallery Witkin Gallery"; second printed paper label affixed to frame backing, verso BR: "243 East 60 Street. New York, New York 10022 // The Witkin Gallery Inc. // Photograph by Edward // Weston (print by Cole // Weston, signed on the back by Cole Weston) // "Nude, 1936" // Neg. #235N (C.W.)"; inscribed in pencil on frame backing, verso BL: "TR 5119.32"
Cole Weston; [The Witkin Gallery Inc., New York]; The Art Lending Service, Museum of Modern Art; William S. Lieberman
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.