Curtis Moffat ( American 1887-1949)

Edwin Curtis Moffat (11 Octobre 1887 – 1949), mieux connu sous le nom Curtis Moffat, était un photographe , mais aussi un peintre et architecte d’intérieur moderne. originaire de New York. Moffat a étudié la peinture à New York et à Paris avant d’exposer son travail à New York pendant la Première Guerre mondiale.Il a épousé l’actrice et poète Iris Arbre, et le couple s’installe à Londres après la guerre.

Parmi les nombreuses influences artistiques surréalistes, a eu une relation très étroite avec Man Ray, avec qui il a collaboré à Paris échanger des idées, des styles et des installations. Outre sa collaboration avec Man Ray,  il fût également très proche de Cecil Beaton avec qui il a travaillé  à de nombreuses reprises tout au long de sa carrière.

Il a ouvert un studio de photographie à Londres en 1925( date à laquelle a été publié dans une édition de 20 exemplaires par Factum Art des célèbres portraits de Nancy Cunard, écrivaine) .

Quatre ans plus tard, il a ouvert une salle d’exposition de design d’intérieur et une galerie, affichant un mélange de mobilier moderne tribales, antique et africains. Sa maison est devenue un salon populaire pour les artistes, les intellectuels et les gourmands.
Il est revenu à l’Amérique en 1939 avec sa seconde épouse, de s’installer sur Vignoble Martha, où il a continué à peindre.

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Curtis Moffat -‘Nude’ About 1925-1930
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat -‘Nude’ About 1925-1930 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat- Female nude, about 1930
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Curtis Moffat-Female Nude, c.1925

Curtis Moffat-Female Nude, c.1925

Curtis Moffat Female Nude with a Mirror 1920’s

Curtis Moffat Female Nude with a Mirror 1920’s

 

Curtis Moffat- Figure study, london, 1

Curtis Moffat- Figure study, london,

Curtis Moffat- woman relaxing 1920

Curtis Moffat- woman relaxing 1920

Curtis Moffat- figure study, london, 1920s

Curtis Moffat- figure study, london, 1920s

Curtis Moffat-Woman's legs, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Woman’s legs, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Woman under water spout, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Woman under water spout, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Figure study, about 1925 1

Curtis Moffat-Figure study, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Figure study, about 1925

Curtis Moffat-Figure study, about 1925

Curtis Moffat -Woman choosing her clothes

Curtis Moffat -Woman choosing her clothes

 

Curtis Moffat-'Lady Diana Cooper' (Viscountess Norwich), About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat-‘Lady Diana Cooper’ (Viscountess Norwich), About 1925
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Curtis Moffat- 'Lady Diana Cooper' (Viscountess Norwich), About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat- ‘Lady Diana Cooper’ (Viscountess Norwich), About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, 'Nancy Cunard', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Nancy Cunard’, About 1925
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Curtis Moffat- Nancy Cunard, detail of diptych, 1925

Curtis Moffat- Nancy Cunard, detail of diptych, 1925

Curtis Moffat -Nancy Cunard (1898-1965), writer, diptych, London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum 1

Curtis Moffat -Nancy Cunard (1898-1965), writer, diptych, London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat & Olivia Wyndham- Nancy Cunard and Louis Aragon, 1926

Curtis Moffat & Olivia Wyndham- Nancy Cunard and Louis Aragon, 1926

Curtis Moffat, 'Tallulah Bankhead', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Tallulah Bankhead’, About 1925
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Curtis Moffat-Tallulah Bankhead,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Tallulah Bankhead,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Tallulah Bankhead,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Tallulah Bankhead,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Curtis Moffat, 'Daphne Du Maurier', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Daphne Du Maurier’, About 1925
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Curtis Moffat, ‘Daphne Du Maurier’, About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat-Ms Hamilton ,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Ms Hamilton ,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Mrs Geoffrey Fry,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Mrs Geoffrey Fry,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Miss Dean Paul,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Miss Dean Paul,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Lady Diana Cooperl,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Lady Diana Cooperl,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Figure study,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Figure study,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat -Lady Diana Cooper devant un portrait de man Ray

Curtis Moffat -Lady Diana Cooper devant un portrait de man Ray

Curtis Moffat -Lady Diana Cooper devant un portrait de man Ray et dans l'atelier de Motaff, où l'on apperçoit le portrait d'Isis sa femme, 1925

Curtis Moffat -Lady Diana Cooper devant un portrait de man Ray et dans l’atelier de Motaff, où l’on aperçoit le portrait d’Isis sa femme, 1925

 

Curtis Moffat- Woman's back, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat- Woman’s back, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat- Rossemary Fothergill,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat- Rossemary Fothergill,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Curtis Moffat - Portrait of a woman

Curtis Moffat – Portrait of a woman

 

Curtis Moffat, 'Ms Greville' About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Ms Greville’ About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, 'Ms Greville' About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Ms Greville’ About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, Portrait of a woman, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, Portrait of a woman, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

 Curtis Moffat- Mrs Earp (one of a diptych) london, 1925-30

Curtis Moffat- Mrs Earp (one of a diptych) london, 1925-30

Curtis Moffat, 'Tallulah Bankhead', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Tallulah Bankhead’, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, 'Snapshot', About 1925-1930

Curtis Moffat, ‘Snapshot’, About 1925-1930

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Curtis Moffat- Dame Gladys Cooper, chlorobromide print, circa 1924

 

Curtis Moffat-'Cecil Beaton', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat-‘Cecil Beaton’, About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat-'Cecil Beaton',About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat-‘Cecil Beaton’,About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat-‘Cecil Beaton’, 1928

Curtis Moffat-Cecil Beaton ,About 1920 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Cecil Beaton ,About 1920 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

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Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham- Cecil Beaton, bromide print, circa 1928

Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham bromide print on card mount with green tint, circa 1928

Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham, bromide print on card mount with red tint, circa 1928

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Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham, bromide print on card mount with green tint, circa 1928

Curtis Moffat-Nancy Beaton, matte bromide print, 1920s

Curtis Moffat-Nancy Beaton, matte bromide print, 1920s

Curtis Moffat, 'Still life',About 1925-1930 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Still life’,About 1925-1930
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat- a pair of acrobatic dancers of the Jazz Age,’Hoffman and Greville’,About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, 'Hoffman', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Hoffman’, About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, Ms Hoffman, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat, Ms Hoffman, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Curtis Moffat- Ms Greville Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat- Ms Greville Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat- Ms Greville Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat- Ms Greville Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum 2

Curtis Moffat- Ms Greville Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Curtis Moffat-Ms Greville, diptych,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Ms Greville, diptych,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

De nombreuses études de nus de Moffat comprennent une série de modèles féminins posant avec des masques africains. Bien qu’elles aient étées inspirées par les célèbres photographies « Noir et Blanche de Man Ray » (1926), l’intérêt pour l’Afrique et ses sculpture était aussi la dernière tendance avant-garde de cette période.

Curtis Moffat, 'Nudes with African masks', About 1930 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Nudes with African masks’, About 1930
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Nudes with African masks’, About 1930 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London /Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Nudes with African masks’, About 1930 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London /Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat, ‘Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell’, (the literary brothers Sitwell as a pair of doubles, seated back-to-back.), About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat- ‘Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell’ ( the literary brothers Sitwell as a pair of doubles, seated side-by-side) .About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, 'Unidentified couple', about 1925. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Unidentified couple’, about 1925.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat- Portrait of a man, Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat- Portrait of a man, Gelatin silver print. London, UK, c.1925. © Curtis Moffat Victoria and Albert Museum

Curtis Moffat, 'Portrait in mirror', about 1930. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Portrait in mirror’, about 1930.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Moffat a fait sans appareil photo ces photogrammes en plaçant des objets directement sur papier photographique, qu’il a ensuite brièvement exposé à la lumière. Il a appris la technique de Many Ray, qu’il appelait les Rayographes de « ses photogrammes » ils ont étés publiés par par Factum Art.

Curtis Moffat, 'Abstract Composition', About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat To make this striking image of a dragonfly, Moffat placed the specimen in the photographic enlarger head (in place of a negative) and projected the image onto

Curtis Moffat, ‘Abstract Composition’, About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat
To make this striking image of a dragonfly, Moffat placed the specimen in the photographic enlarger head (in place of a negative) and projected the image onto photographic paper

Curtis Moffat, 'Abstract Composition, Photogram, About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Curtis Moffat, ‘Abstract Composition, Photogram, About 1925
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925

Curtis Moffat - about 1925

Curtis Moffat – about 1925

Curtis Moffat - Untitled, about 1925

Curtis Moffat – Untitled, about 1925

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925-29

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925-29

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925-1929

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Curtis Moffat- about 1925-29

Curtis Moffat-Figure study,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Curtis Moffat-Figure study,About 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Cecil Beaton- Cleo de Mérode aged 94,1964.

Cecil Beaton- Cleo de Mérode aged 94,  1964.

Cecil Beaton- Cleo de Mérode aged 94, 1964.