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Struggle

Robert Demachy (French, 1859–1936)

Date:
1903 or earlier
Medium:
Gum bichromate print
Dimensions:
Image: 17.4 x 11.6 cm (6 7/8 x 4 9/16 in.) Mount: 17.7 x 11.9 cm (6 15/16 x 4 11/16 in.) Mount (2nd): 39.6 x 29.6 cm (15 9/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Isaac Lagnado, in honor of Thomas P. Campbell, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.666.3
  • Description

    Demachy was the leading French proponent of Pictorialism and the director of the Photo-Club de Paris, the French parallel to the American Photo-Secession (led by Alfred Stieglitz), the Viennese Kleeblatt, and the British Brotherhood of the Linked Ring. Like his American and European counterparts, Demachy produced and promoted a type of photography that self-consciously evoked drawing and painting-part of an effort to distinguish his pictures from the products of amateur snap shooters and commercial photographers.
    Demachy was particularly interested in nonstandard photographic processes and is noted especially for his revival of the gum bichromate process (invented in 1855 but little used until the 1890s), which allowed the introduction of color and brushwork into the photographic image. The orange pigment in this print is meant to evoke sanguine, a reddish chalk often used in life drawings.

  • Provenance

    By descent to Jean Demachy, grandson of the artist; (Sotheby's London, May 4, 1995, lot 126); Isaac Lagnado

  • Notes

    Variant print from same negative appeared in the January 1904 issue of Camera Work. Primary and secondary mounts appear to be modern additions.

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