Weston broke his hermit-like existence
by scheming with his sister to bring a few chosen
Vassar College friends to a “winter party” at
his studio. He wanted to know Faith
Borton, the Quaker girl with high coloring,
better; he figured to find out what mettle she
was made of while cutting
down a massive tree and trekking on snowshoes
in the wilderness. They married in
a Quaker meeting house in May 1923. Faith became
a working partner, her belief in Harold the buttress
of their life together.
The contours of Faith’s body inspired paintings
that came to be called “landscape nudes”—a
radical departure from traditional nudes. They
were considered too daring by some but impressive
by others, such as Alfred Stieglitz and John Marin. <previous
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Mountain Nude, 1924,
oil on canvas.
Collection of Springfield Art Museum,
Missouri, S.A.M. 1977.19.
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