In 1920 Weston and a local carpenter built a one-room log cabin near St. Huberts, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. With a staff to support his half-paralyzed leg, Weston hiked the hills and rowed the lakes, chopped his wood and howled at the moon. He lunged, hopped, and swung himself with powerful arms and climbed elevations to see and study every change in the light, colors, and forms. He sketched in oils and pencil on cardboard. In the studio he painted “serial picture songs” on canvas.

Seventy sketches and sixty-three paintings were shown at the modernist Montross Gallery in New York City in November 1922, winning high praise from the critics. <previous page / next page>

Sunset over Baxter Mountain, 1920,
oil on cardboard. St. Huberts Trust.

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