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A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1930, printed 1953/54


Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958)
printed by Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)

About this artwork

As a child in 1902, Edward Weston saw an exhibition of photographs at the Art Institute, a visit that he later stated “changed my whole life.” During a three-year sojourn in Mexico, Weston developed a friendship with the painter Diego Rivera, who taught him to focus on the sculptural form of natural objects. In Pepper #30, a familiar object has been transformed into a potent presence. The curves and folds of the pepper suggest the flesh and sensuous contours of a human torso.


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Photography and Media


Edward Weston




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1930


Gelatin silver print


Inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in graphite: "EW1930"; printed and typed verso, on sticker affixed to mount, center, in black ink: "The Photographs of Edward Weston / A comprehensive series of 830 photographs selected by Edward / Weston in 1953 as representative of his life’s work, and printed / under his direction by Brett Weston. / This print is one of an edition of six from the negative. / No. [typed] 30 P / Title [typed] Pepper, 1930”


Image/paper: 23.9 × 19.1 cm (9 7/16 × 7 9/16 in.); Mount: 40.3 × 40.1 cm (15 7/8 × 15 13/16 in.)

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Gift of Max McGraw

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