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.