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
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

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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

 

Comte Etienne de Beaumont , connu pour ses grand bals masqués dans les années 20-25

The Count Etienne de Beaumont, a wealthy descendant of one of the great families of France, was both a ballet set designer, costumes and jewelery, a painter, an accomplished socialite, known for its masked balls and a generous patron, especially for the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev, passionate contemporary arts.

On May 17, 1924, he inaugurated the ‘Soirees de Paris’ Théâtre de la Cigale in Montmartre. They only last a year, combining music hall performances, ballet, poetry and theater, with the participation of artists as diverse as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud. With his wife Edith, Étienne de Beaumont Comandita films and avant-garde ballets, and after the war, founded the « Franco-American Association ‘who financed many important exhibitions. Paul Morand, Maurice Sachs, Jean Cocteau, Marc Allégret Bernard Faÿ, Leonide Massine, Lucien Daudet, René Crevel described the extraordinary personality of the Comte de Beaumont; it is also the model of the main character of the second novel by Raymond Radiguet, The Ball of Count Orgel. imec

anomyme, Suit designed by the famous designer Conte Etiene Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

Anomyme, Suit designed by the famous designer Comte Etienne de Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

anomyme, Costume designed and worn by the famous designer Conte Etiene Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

anomyme, Costume designed and worn by the famous designer Conte Etiene Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

Etienne de Beaumont and his wife dressed in costumes created by himself (Baroque Dance), 1920s

Etienne de Beaumont and his wife dressed in costumes created by himself (Baroque Dance), 1920s

anomyme, Costume designed and worn by the famous designer Conte Etiene Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

anomyme, Costume designed and worn by the famous designer Conte Etiene Beaumont, known for its grand masked balls in the years 20-25

Some example could wear costumes that participants Beaumont balls created by the greatest designers of the time.

Man Ray- Mrs. Errazuriz, Picasso and Olga (his wife) to the ball of Beaumont Count 1924

Man Ray- Mrs. Errazuriz, Picasso and Olga (his wife) to the ball of Beaumont Count 1924

Man Ray- Picasso his wife Olgaet two unidentified persons at a ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, 1924

Man Ray, Ricardo Viñes, Olga Picasso, Picasso and painter Manolo Ortiz Angeles to a ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, 1924

Man Ray - Gerald Murphy and his wife, Sara, dressed for a ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, Montparnasse in 1922

Man Ray – Gerald Murphy and his wife, Sara, dressed for a ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, Montparnasse in 1924

Man Ray - Gerald Murphy A ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, Montparnasse in 1922

Man Ray – Gerald Murphy A ball of Count Etienne de Beaumont, Montparnasse in 1924


Man Ray – unidentified person at the ball of Beaumont, 1924

Man Ray unidentified person at the ball of Beaumont, 1924

 Tzara and Man Ray Nancy Cunard at the ball of Beaumont Count 1924

Tzara and Man Ray Nancy Cunard at the ball of Beaumont Count 1924

Man Ray – Unidentified Persons to the ball of Beaumont in 1924

-The Man Ray Viscountess of Noailles the Ball Count E. de Beaumont, 1928