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
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
Gelatin silver print
11.9 × 8.9 cm (4 11/16 × 3 1/2 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
One of Man Ray's early commissions as a photographer was to make a portrait of the Italian-born Marquise Casati, a free-spirited aristocrat who lived much of her life in France and whose personal style involved disheveled hair and raccoon-like eyes. In this portrait, the Marquise is visible through the panes of a display case holding an exotic artificial plant. She performs for the camera, appearing as a kind of gypsy sorceress with her lacy shawl and crystal ball, in which the photographer's reflection is visible. She forms a part of a still life, herself a curiosity as much as the objects on display.