Untitled De Meyer, Baron Adolf  (American, 1868-1946)

A prominent figure in the pictorialist movement, Adolf de Meyer became a member of the Linked Ring in 1903 before meeting Alfred Stieglitz and joining the Photo Secession movement. He has also exhibited his works three times at Gallery 291 in New York. In 1910, Condé Montrose Nast offered him to work in the editorial staff of Vogue where he would become one of the pioneering figures of fashion photography. Master of pigmentary techniques and excellent portrait painter, fanciful and social character, ennobled by Frederick Augustus III of Saxony, Adolf de Meyer produced throughout his career many portraits of figures from the artistic and intellectual world, as well as from the good society of this turn of the century. His lighting style had a profound impact not only on fashion photography but also on the look of films and celebrity portraits during Hollywood’s golden age. De Meyer spent his final years in Los Angeles, making glamour shots of actors and starlets and writing his (still unpublished) memoirs. [1]

The process used in making this print remains a mystery. It has been identified as a photogravure, but has clearly visible drawing directly on the print. So at minimum it is a combination of techniques possibly a bromide print. Please let us know if you can shed any light on how this print was made. Thanks.

Rubber stamp in black ink on verso "DEMEYER"


[1] MET www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/quicksilver-brilliance Beth Saunders www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2018/adolf-de-meyer-honeymoon-japan