(Photograph by Edward Weston)
Photo courtesy of the Collection Center for Creative Photography
©1981 Arizona Board of Regents
Charis Wilson, 95; was muse, model for Edward Weston
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Charis Wilson, who modeled in more than half of the nude portraits by celebrated photographer Edward Weston, died Friday at her home in Santa Cruz, the New York Times reported. She was 95.
Ms. Wilson was Weston’s model, muse, driver, and companion from 1934 to 1945. She is the subject of some of his most famous pictures, including “Nude in the Doorway.’’ The pair were married seven years.
In “The Model Wife,’’ author Arthur Ollman describes her as “the perfect model, lively, beautiful, uninhibited, playfully experimental, and always at hand. He was inspired and fully receptive.’’
Ms. Wilson was born in San Francisco into a family of writers.