Adolf de Meyer (American (born France), Paris 1868–1946 Los Angeles, California)
Person in Photograph:
Count Etienne de Beaumont (French, 1883–1956)
Gelatin silver print
23.7 x 18.6 cm (9 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Gift of Paul F. Walter, 2009
Not on view
An aristocrat and patron of the avant-garde, Count Etienne de Beaumont cuts a dashing figure here, posed in one of the grand salons of his hôtel (grand townhouse) in Paris’s rue Masseran. The count hosted a series of legendary masquerade balls at his residence during the interwar period, attended by avant-garde artists such as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, and Man Ray. De Meyer described these parties, which he and Olga often attended, as “fêtes of unsurpassed magnificence” in a 1923 article for Harper’s Bazaar.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on verso, TC: "Etienne de Beaumont"; BRC: "80.138" "13"
Adolf de Meyer by descent to Ernest de Meyer; (Sotheby's, New York, October 20, 1980, lot 114); Paul F. Walter
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Quicksilver Brilliance: Adolf de Meyer Photographs," December 4, 2017–March 18, 2018.