Marius de Zayas (Mexican, Veracruz 1880–1961 Stamford, Connecticut)
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (62.2 x 47.9 cm)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
Among de Zayas's favorite subjects at"291" were the photographers of the Photo-Secession, including Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence White, and Edward Steichen. Usually showing them with their cameras, de Zayas was able to capture their individual facial features and personalities, even as he stylized their figures and poses. Here, Käsebier (1852-1934), one of the grande dames of the group, stares menacingly from behind her large camera, her rotund body echoing the shape of her photographic equipment.
the artist (to Stieglitz); Alfred Stieglitz, New York (by 1915–d. 1946; his estate, 1946–49; gift to MMA)
Lawrence. Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," September 27–November 8, 1981, no. 13.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," December 18, 1981 – February 14, 1982, no. 13.
New York. Center for Inter-American Relations. "Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls," March 2 – April 4, 1982, no. 13.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Marius de Zayas & Stieglitz Circle," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 219.
Douglas Hyland. Marius de Zayas: Conjurer of Souls. Exh. cat., Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas, 1981, p. 86, no. 13, ill. p. 87.
Lisa Mintz Messinger inStieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 221, 285–86, no. 219, ill. (color).