1934 VanDerZee Portrait of Father Divine
Well, I found it at a antique store. It was, like, $60 and... I just bought it, like, straight up, I...
Just loved it.
Yeah, I loved it.
Okay, what we have here is a photograph of Father Divine, and the caption at the bottom of the picture identifies the subject. If we look to the left of his leg, we see the name "Van Der Zee, New York City."
Van Der Zee was a very important portrait photographer who worked out of Harlem. Father Divine was a social activist who promoted the cause of Civil Rights for African-Americans. If we look at the frontispiece photograph of Father Divine, we see that the original portrait didn't have all these notations: "Peace," "divine peace." So what we have, basically, is a sandwich photograph. The original portrait, and then the highlight of the cloud, the text, that adds a lot to the photographic image. In the marketplace, an image this size-- which is unusually large for a Van Der Zee photograph, they're typically eight by ten inches-- would be in the area of $2,000 to $3,000.
For Real? Oh, snap.
Yeah. So very cool thing.
Very wonderful photograph of an important Civil Rights figure during the Harlem Renaissance, the 1920s, by an equally important African-American photographer, James Van Der Zee. Enjoy it.
Wow, thanks a lot, that's awesome.
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