[The Marquise Casati with Horses]

Object Details

Title:

[The Marquise Casati with Horses]

Artist/Maker:

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Place:

Paris, France, Europe (Place created)

Date:

1935

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.1000.68

Dimensions:

15.4 × 10.3 cm (6 1/16 × 4 1/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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One of Man Ray's earliest portrait commissions in Paris came from the Marquise Luisa Casati, an eccentric Italian aristocrat who was an important patron of vanguard artists. Casati's audacious hair and makeup were part of the fantastical world she constructed, which included a taste for extravagant clothing, interior design, costume balls, and pets. Her masquerade costume here represents her as the Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

During the 1920s, Man Ray photographed her at home in her salon, surrounded by her favorite objects, and used a drawing of another photographic portrait in a still life.

Provenance
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Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976

Exhibitions
A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray (October 27, 1998 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 27, 1998 to January 17, 1999
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), April 2 to June 25, 2000
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), July 13 to October 8, 2000
Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris (September 10, 2009 to May 9, 2010)
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville), September 10, 2009 to January 3, 2010
  • International Center of Photography (Jersey City), January 29 to May 9, 2010
Man Ray Portraits (February 7 to September 22, 2013)
  • National Portrait Gallery (London), February 7 to May 26, 2013
Bibliography

Ray, Man. Self-Portrait (London: A. Deutsch, 1963; Boston: Little, Brown, 1963).

Ray, Man. Man Ray: Photographe, mit einer Einleitung von Jean-Hubert Martin (München: Schirmer/Mosel, 1982), pl. 310.