Lot 117
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EDWARD WESTON | Pepper No. 14

70,000 - 100,000 USD
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  • Edward Weston
  • Pepper No. 14
  • 8 1/2  by 7 1/2  in. (21.6 by 19.1 cm.)
mounted, signed, initialed, dated twice, and editioned '7/50' in pencil on the mount, framed, 1929


Christie's East, 8 November 1982, Sale 5215, Lot 257 By descent to the present owner


Conger 562

Kathy Kelsey Foley, Edward Weston's Gifts to His Sister (Dayton Art Institute, 1978), pp. 8, 23, and 44

Jennifer A. Watts, Edward Weston: A Legacy (Los Angeles: The Huntington Library, 2003), pl. 8

Manfred Heiting, ed., Edward Weston (Köln, 2004), p. 108

Catalogue Note

'The peppers which are more libeled than anything I have done, in them has been found vulvas, penises or combinations, sexual intercourse, madonna with child, wrestlers, modern sculpture, African carving, ad nauseum, according to the state of mind of the spectator: and I have a lot of fun sizing people up from their findings!' (Edward Weston, Daybooks II, p. 225, entry 1 October 1931) The photograph offered here is from the first year of an intensive series of more than 40 pepper studies Edward Weston made in 1929 and 1930.  Unlike the later pepper studies of 1930, in which the abstracted vegetable consumes nearly the entire 8x10-inch negative, the early studies have a low, defined horizon line.  The peppers were placed in bowls or, as in Pepper No. 14, against a burlap background, and become sculptural in their presentation.