The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Marquise Casati

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The Marquise Casati


Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)






Gelatin silver print

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11.9 × 8.9 cm (4 11/16 × 3 1/2 in.)


© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Object Description

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.

before 1973

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.

Rare States and Unusual Subjects: Photographs by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, and Man Ray (July 7 to September 6, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 7 to September 6, 1987
Fame and Photography (March 9 to May 23, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 9 to May 23, 1993
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