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    Sale 2424 | Lot 9
    Price Realized: $2,860With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2424 Lot 9

      JAMES VANDERZEE (1886 - 1983)
      Barefoot Prophet.

      Silver print, 1929. 254x203 mm; 10x8 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed "N.Y.C" by VanDerZee in the negative. Signed, dated and inscribed "+" in pencil on the mat. Signed, dated and numbered 20/75 in pencil, verso. Printed in 1982 under the supervision of VanDerZee.

      James VanDerZee's use of props, garments, and elaborate backdrops enabled him to construct an atmosphere around the sitter that could enhance the image of the individual or create an entirely new identity. Barefoot Prophet of 1929 is a photograph of Elder Clayhorn Martin, also known as Prophet Martin and the Barefoot Prophet, an eccentric street preacher. VanDerZee constructs a serious image of this well-known Harlem character by depicting him contemplating the Bible and surrounded by the traditional religious symbols of the crucifix and the Virgin Mary. However, his unconventional style is revealed by the inclusion of a tambourine under his chair and his notorious bare feet.

      Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $2,860