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Rita de Acosta Lydig

Artist:
Adolf de Meyer (American (born France), Paris 1868–1946 Los Angeles, California)
Date:
1917
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
41.5 x 30.9 cm. (16 5/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1952
Accession Number:
68.615
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852
De Meyer’s portrait of the socialite, art patron, “shoe queen,” and suffragette Rita de Acosta Lydig is striking in its simplicity of tone and contour. The image, which appeared in Vogue in 1917, resonates with the classical elegance epitomized in the paintings of society portraitists John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, who also depicted this so-called alabaster lady.
Mercedes de Acosta

International Center of Photography. "Baron Adolf de Meyer," December 10, 1994–February 12, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pictorialism in New York, 1900-1915," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

Whitney Museum of American Art. "The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-2000," April 22, 1999–September 5, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Quicksilver Brilliance: Adolf de Meyer Photographs," December 4, 2017–March 18, 2018.

Brandau, Robert, ed. De Meyer. New York: Knopf, 1976. p. 21.

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