LOT 884

Storm, S. (1916-85), pseudonym of W.S. "Faan" Nijhoff, a student of Man Ray

Series of 10 b/w portrait photogr. of (radio) actor Paul Deen (1915-90), all approx. 23 x 18 cm, all mounted and signed in pencil or black chalk (variously signed Stephen Storm, Stephen Nijhoff, Studio Storm), 4x dated 20-7-41 in pencil on mount, versos w. stamp Photo Stephen Storm Ginneken (8x) and Foto Stephen Nijhoff Breda (2x), versos of mounts all w. stamp of of the photographer (incl. his address in Ginneken) and 3x w. the name Paul Deen and his address Keizersgracht 700 in pen. Marvelous series of portraits, incl. 2 identical portraits printed on different kinds of paper. Nijhoff was the son of the poet Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953) and the writer Antoinette Hendrika ("Nettie") Nijhoff-Wind (1897-1971), both of whom played an important role in the Dutch resistance during World War II; both worked for the clandestine newspaper Vrij Nederland and Martinus was even involved in the attack on the Amsterdam population register on 27 March 1943. In 1942, the house in Biggekerke was confiscated by the Germans, and Nettie and her son went to Ginneken, where Faan had his studio "Huize Chiquita" (Overascheweg C 2AA, now Overaseweg). From 1933 to 1936, Faan was an apprentice of Man Ray, with whom he shared a studio in Paris. After his time in Paris, Nijhoff worked in the United States for some time, and he exhibited at the MoMa in New York in 1937. 'Stephen Storm' is known for his series of iconic portrait photographs of Marlow Moss (1889–1958), portraits that are important for the histories of modern art and the LGBTQ+ community. Nijhoff is also known as a teacher of Paul Huf and for his work for the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Paul Deen performed in illegal shows during the war, before acting together as a cabaretier with a.o. Wim Sonneveld; Deen is mainly remembered for his many radio plays.

(total 10)

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