i almost wonder if nagel errored in Landscape with Traveler, nagel-angel. although his tapered eyebrow is feminine, the strong face and squared eyes in a man are not so nagel. but then, patrick was commissioned to make this piece? so he had to conform to the patron's commercial interest
the owl in the corner, is that the emblem of the book publisher?
a nagel of the masculine i find compelling. when i look at this image, i am reminded of anne ryan's atlas shrugged, which (again) is about strong female protagonists, which would suit patrick well
unusual for nagel, perhaps, in so much it portrays strength, a resolve, independent stance reinforced by the strong jaw line, the prominent shadowing (of the man's head) in which this time, a man is almost staring, indignantly so, straight into a light source strong enough to be the sun. he squints as though to complement his straight mouth, determinedly fixed on some point in the future
the nose is particularly strong as well. reminds me of the image on page 131, the reversed view of the woman in the black camisole, she also has a strong nose. but here the shaved eyebrow, lack of side burn, the minimal eyes even for a squint, nagel confirms (his) feminine masculinity in this image and the reversal of typical gender characteristics which defines his work
the top of the t-shirt, i am reminded of james dean's rebel w/out a cause