In August 1925, after a year of frenzied
painting, Weston nearly died from the removal of
a diseased kidney. Defying doctors who told them
to live in a less rigorous environment, Harold
and Faith settled in an ancient Catalan
farmhouse high in the Pyrenees mountains, cooking
rabbit over the hearth and making sausage with the
villagers. Weston’s paintings, saturated with
Europe’s light and color, were shipped to
the Montross Gallery in New York City for exhibition,
and a Latin Quarter gallery in Paris mounted a solo
show for the expatriot. Periodic stays in Paris
brought Harold and Faith into its throbbing literary
and artistic life.
One fall in Giens, freely cavorting on the Mediterranean,
the Westons shared a cottage with dancer friends.
In a flush of rapid-fire watercolors, Weston captured
body rhythms that he crystallized into seven etchings—the Love
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at Prats de Mollo, n.d., watercolor on paper.
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