Important 1920 Self-Portrait By Hagemeyer
Johan Hagemeyer made a sea voyage for a visit back to his native Holland in 1920. This was in the period of his close association with his friend Edward Weston, during a time when both were moving from pictorialism to modernism. Hagemeyer took advantage of the days on the Metagama to make this important self-portrait that uses the ship's architecture to make an abstract composition. He presents himself as a lonely, moody figure.
The connection with Weston can be seen in the series of attic photographs made by Weston in 1920 and 1921, in which the abstract architecture of the attic interior provides the context for a lonely figure set off in a corner. Hagemeyer was the subject of one of those photographs. A major example of such a Weston photograph from 1921 (one year after this photograph by Hagemeyer) is offered in an upcoming Sotheby's sale of photographs from the collection of Margaret W. Weston. This is Lot 7 of that sale, with a lengthy informative entry. The estimate for that photograph is $700.000 - $1,000,000
Vintage 8 5/8" x 7 1/8" platinum- palladium print, signed and dated by Hagemeyer on the bottom of the print.