Baron Adolf de Meyer

Gertrude Käsebier American

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Käsebier’s portrait of de Meyer is one of several she made in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1903. It has the fleeting quality of a snapshot, and its close framing suggests the intimate friendship between the two photographers. De Meyer learned much from Käsebier, who was already a well-established studio photographer by that time. Her society portraits composed in the manner of old master paintings and her atmospheric lighting effects influenced his developing style. In a testament to their mutual regard, when de Meyer’s still lifes were exhibited at Stieglitz’s Photo-Secession galleries in 1907, Käsebier lent prints from her personal collection.

Baron Adolf de Meyer, Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934), Platinum print

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