Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976, sold to Arnold Crane, before 1973.
before 1973 - 1984
Arnold Crane, American, 1932 - 2014, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
Not currently on view
[The Marquise Casati with Horses]
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
15.4 × 10.3 cm (6 1/16 × 4 1/16 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
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.
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.