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PROPERTY ORIGINALLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ZELDA AND WILLIAM HOLGERS

Edward Weston
'DUNES - OCEANO'
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PROPERTY ORIGINALLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ZELDA AND WILLIAM HOLGERS

Edward Weston
'DUNES - OCEANO'
Estimate
100,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 300,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Edward Weston
1886-1958
'DUNES - OCEANO'
mounted, signed and dated in pencil on the mount, titled, numbered '35SO,' and inscribed 'For Bill & Zelda with a large abrazo from Edward on Wild Cat Hill Aug. 1943' in pencil, and with a circular gold foil First International Photographic Exposition label on the reverse, 1936, printed no later than 1938
7 5/8  by 9 5/8  in. (19.4 by 24.4 cm.)
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Provenance

Gift of the photographer to Zelda and William Holgers, 1943

By descent to the present owners

Exhibited

New York, Grand Central Palace, First International Photographic Exposition, April 1938

Literature

Conger 940

Ben Maddow, Edward Weston: His Life and Photographs (Aperture, 1979), p. 169

James Enyeart, Edward Weston's California Landscapes (Boston, 1984), pl. 98

Jennifer A. Watts, Edward Weston: A Legacy (The Huntington Library, 2003), p. 120

Kurt Markus, ed., Dune: Edward & Brett Weston (Kalispell, 2003), p. 4

Catalogue Note

With its bold alternation of black and gray values, punctuated by near-white creamy highlights on the dune ridges, the photograph offered here is one of the most dramatically graphic studies made by Weston at Oceano.  Weston first photographed the region’s massive sand dunes in 1934 and wrote of his short visit: ‘I made several dune negatives that mark a new epoch in my work.  I must go back there,—the material made for me!’ (Daybooks II, p. 282).  Weston’s most significant work in the area was done two years later when he returned with his lover and eventual wife, Charis Wilson, and this particular image was made at that time.

The present masterfully-printed dune study was included in the 1938 First International Photographic Exposition at Grand Central Palace in New York, in a special invitational section of the exhibition that was reserved for the world’s leaders in black and white photography.  In this exhibition of past and contemporary photography, the work of professionals and amateurs were exhibited side-by-side.  Other photographs known to have been exhibited there are Weston’s Dunes – Oceano (Conger 943, 43SO), Dunes – Oceano (Conger 953, 59SO), and Clouds (Conger 913, 32CL), all later offered in these rooms (9 October 1991, Sale 6216, Lots 226 and 227; and 11 December 2014, Sale 9275, Lot 52).

This photograph comes originally from the collection of William and Zelda Holgers, to whom it is affectionately inscribed.  Weston was introduced to William Holgers, an amateur photographer and part of the Bay Area’s thriving Camera Club scene, through their mutual friend Willard Van Dyke.  Over the years Holgers acquired a small collection of prints by Weston and his circle, both as gifts and by purchase.  Holgers is perhaps best known in Weston literature as the photographer of the fine dual portrait of Weston and Wilson that appears on the dust jacket of Wilson’s 1998 memoir, Through Another Lens: My Years with Edward Weston.  A selection of photographs and books by Edward and Brett Weston from the Holgers’ collection was offered in these rooms in April 2002 and 2004.

The print offered here, with Weston's robust, full signature and date on a slick white mount, represents the ideal early presentation of the image.  Extant prints of the present dune study are scarce and Conger accounts for only a handful in institutional collections.

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