Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Weston's Muse...

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Edward Weston
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CHARIS WILSON/ May 5, 1914- November 20, 2009
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Another muse has passed. Charis Wilson, muse, model and wife of the great photographer Edward Weston, died on November 20, 2009 at the age of 95.
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She met Weston at the age of 19 at a concert in Carmel, Calif. Weston was in his late 40's at the time. Shortly thereafter she became his model. At one point she said,"It was a very pleasant thing to be glorified"....She inspired his art: elegant, simple, intimate, and sensual. His photographs of her on sand dunes, in pools, her face hidden, revealed, are among his most long lasting.


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Edward Weston
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Helen Charis Wilson was born in San Francisco on May 5, 1914. She dropped her first name, which was the same as her mother's, because she was tired of being called Little Helen. She preferred Charis, the Greek word for grace.
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In her own right she was a creative writing teacher and a speaker of her time with Edward Weston. She published a book of photographs, "Edward Weston Nudes", appeared in 2007 in a documentary,"Eloquent Nudes", and her memoir is, "Through Another Lens".
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Weston had said: "Perhaps C. will be remembered as the great love of my life".
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4 comments:

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

What it must be to be able to inspire. I wish I could get into a pose like that!

Jeane said...

what a love story - don't know his work, but will definitely start a search xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
If you do get into that pose, please post the picture!! You don't have to be a muse, but you do amuse...

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
He was one of the early great ones...much to see!

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