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Edward Weston
ZOHMAH AND JEAN CHARLOT
Estimate
18,00022,000
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109
Edward Weston
ZOHMAH AND JEAN CHARLOT
Estimate
18,00022,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Edward Weston
1886-1958
ZOHMAH AND JEAN CHARLOT
mounted, initialed and dated in pencil on the mount, signed, dated, and numbered 'PO39-CH-1' in pencil on the reverse, 1939 
7 5/8  by 9 5/8  in. (19.4 by 24.4 cm.)
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Provenance

Gift of Edward Weston to Glen Fishback, close friend and fellow photographer, as a present for Fishback’s newborn son, his namesake, Kurt Edward Fishback, 1942

Acquired by the present owner from Kurt Edward Fishback

Literature

Conger 1473

Nancy Newhall, ed., The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Vol. II California (Aperture, 1973), pl. 24

Manfred Heiting, ed., Edward Weston (Köln, 2004), p. 219

Catalogue Note

Jean Charlot, a French painter and illustrator who spent a long period of his life in Mexico, was a close friend of Edward Weston.  He is mentioned several times in Weston’s Daybooks beginning in the early 1920s, and the two artists maintained a friendship throughout their lives.

Charlot met artist Zohmah Day (born Dorothy Day) in Mexico and they were married on 26 May 1939.  The present  photograph was taken about a month later in Point Lobos, California.  Although Weston photographed the couple on several occasions, this image is particularly sensitive and technically advanced.  The dramatic splashing surf in the background exhibits just as much detail as the texture and tone of the rock surface in the foreground. 

A variant of this image was the only photograph that Weston submitted to Edward Steichen’s groundbreaking 1955 exhibition Family of Man at The Museum of Modern Art, which traveled globally in five different iterations for seven years.

At the time of this writing, it is believed that only one other print of this image has appeared at auction, sold in these rooms in November 1985 (Sale 5383, Lot 380).

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