" . . . the emptiness of the house is terrible . . . I had the illusion that you had just gone to town and would be back in a little while--only for moments the truth flashed through my mind and then the pain and loneliness almost choked me . . ."

Tina Modotti revealed these feelings to her former lover, Edward Weston, after his permanent departure from their home. The statement, like her portrait, No. 3, makes clear her sense of abandonment. This series of open doors inside the Mexico City flat they had shared creates a study of surfaces, spatial depth, grids, and angles. Devoid of any personal effects, the portrait appears empty, surely reflecting Modotti's mood at the time.


  • Title: Open Doors, Mexico City
  • Creator: Tina Modotti
  • Date Created: 1925
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.1 × 13.7 cm (9 1/2 × 5 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Palladium print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 86.XM.722.5
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Tina Modotti (American, born Italy, 1896 - 1942)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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