Image: 21.7 x 13.9 cm (8 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.), irregularly trimmed Mount: 22.1 x 14.2 cm (8 11/16 x 5 9/16 in.)
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Stamped in black ink, print verso, BL: "Baron // Adolph // de Meyer // [box outline] // Archive #"; inscribed in pencil, print verso, BL (inside the box of the inkstamp): "331"; inscribed in blue ink, print verso, BR: "253"
(Christie's New York, April 17, 1997, Sale 8624, Lot 54); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, April 17, 1997
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Quicksilver Brilliance: Adolf de Meyer Photographs," December 4, 2017–March 18, 2018.
In Christie's catalogue: "In 1903, De Meyer traveled to America, visiting Kasebier in Newport, Rhode Island, where she made this and several other portraits."