Lot 56
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MAN RAY | La Marquise Casati, 1935

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18,750 EUR
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  • Man Ray
  • La Marquise Casati, 1935
  • print 11 ¾ x 8 ½ in.; 30 x 22 cmcard 13 x 9 ½ in.; 33,1 x 24 cm
© Man Ray 2015 Trust / Adagp, Paris 2018


Kunsthaus Lempertz, Photographie, May 31, 2010, lot 76


Thames and Hudson, Man Ray Photographs, London, 1982, p. 236
J. Ceuleers, Man Ray, Ronny Van de Velde NV, Antwerp, 1994, p. 171
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, Man Ray: 1890-1976, New York, 1995, p. 171

Catalogue Note

 © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Adagp, Paris 2018 Text on the reverse of the card by an unknown hand.

L'Imperatrice Elizabeth d'Autriche dressant ses chevaux « Flick et Flock ».
Par la Marquise Casati au Bal du Comte de Beaumont, Paris Juillet 1935 

The marquise Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was certainly one of the most extravagant and unknown figure from the beginning of last century. Patron and muse of several artists, she lived a life where her legend and real life were one.

It is through staging her own persona that she profoundly made her mark on everyone's mind. Exerting certain magnetism on her contemporaries, the marquise used the public space as a theatre scene of a play where she was played the unique main character. Every public appearance was a true show, since she wanted to be, as she said "a living work of art"

This photograph taken in 1935 illustrates the last public appearance of Luisa Casati. It was during one of the famous costume balls hosted by Count and Countess Étienne de Beaumont, where "le Tout-Paris" used to rush, that Man Ray took the opportunity to take her portrait. Among the regular guests were Pablo Picasso, Tristan Tzara, Erik Satie.

Text by Yanis de Cambon