Weston and Charlot


Weston and Charlot

Art and Friendship

Lew Andrews

462 pages
8 color and 52 black&white illustrations


December 2011


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About the Book

Edward Weston (1886–1958) was one of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century. Jean Charlot (1898–1979), a classically trained French artist best known for his murals, woodcuts, and paintings celebrating Mexican culture, played a key role as a participant and chronicler of the Mexican Renaissance. This book, based on letters that Weston and Charlot exchanged from the early 1920s until Weston’s death in 1958, documents a friendship that says as much about art—about photography and fresco, practice, criticism, and history—as it does about the intersection of a number of fascinating characters, the ups and downs of the correspondents’ daily lives, the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations, and the support and encouragement they gave each other.

Lew Andrews crafts a multivalent narrative that reconfigures our understanding of Weston, Charlot, and their era, shedding new light on specific events and artwork. While giving us rare insight into the everyday life of these artists, this work also supplies an important chapter in the history of twentieth-century art and photography, seen close up and from the inside.

Author Bio

Lew Andrews is an associate professor of art history at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is the author of Story and Space in Renaissance Art: The Rebirth of Continuous Narrative.


"Lew Andrews has written an extremely clear and engaging chronicle of an artistic friendship. . . . His book is extremely informative and beautifully written."—Ruben Gallo, The Americas

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 000

Preface 000

Acknowledgments 000

Introduction 000

1. Caballito de Cuaranta Centavos 000

2. "I'll Kiss Tina for You" 000

3. Back in California 000

4. At the Hacienda 000

5. Visiting Carmel 000

6. The Honeymoon Picture 000

7. Athens, Georgia 000

8. My Little Gray Home in the West 000

9. A Cat Named Zohmah 000

10. Carmel and Hawai'i 000

Coda 000

Appendix: "Edward and Mexico" by Jean Charlot 000

Notes 000

Bibliography 000

Illustration Credits 000

Index 000

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