Black & White - Masks, Rites and Transformations II (The artists)

I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself.
That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty
one does not find as a member of society.

Man Ray

Kati Horna, Remedios Varo, wearing a mask made by Leonora Carrington, 1957

Jacques-André Boiffard, s/t, 1929

Erwin Blumenfeld, Masque (Self-portrait)

Erwin Blumenfeld, Self-portrait with a mask or Minotaur, 1936

Erwin Blumenfeld. Self Portrait, 1958

Wanda Wulz. Self-Portrait with cat

Leonor Fini (photograph by André Ostier)

Brassai, Dancer in “Les demoiselles de la nuit” ballet *,1949 (costume by Leonor Fini)

Denise Bellon, Andre Breton and his Surrealist Group at the Gates of the Desert, 1960

André Breton

René Magritte, Le géant, 1937

Saul Steinberg and Inge Morath, Masquerade, 1959-1961

Saul Steinberg and Inge Morath, Masquerade, 1959-1961

Joy Goldkind, Mask, 1998

Curtis Moffat

Mask by Oskar Schlemmer

A masked woman, Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius - seated in Marcel Breuer’s coolest piece of furniture design, the 1926 Wassily chair (Breuer gave a copy of the first version of the chair to his Bauhaus colleague at the time Wassily Kandinsky…)

Haus-Rucker & Co., Flyhead, Viewatomiser and Drizzler,
Environmental Transformers, helmets to isolate the wearer from the outside world, 1968

Chris Marker, La Jetee (film still, actor Davos Hanich as the Man)

George Franju, Judex (film still, actor Channing Pollock as Judex/Vallieres)

James Ensor (artist surrounded by masks, 1929)

Martine Franck - Eumenides by Aeschylus, Théâtre du Soleil, Paris, France, 1992

Martine Franck, Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides, Théâtre du Soleil, Paris, France, 1990

Nina Leen, Masks with Margaret Severn (1901-1997), dancer)

Nina Leen, Mask Dances (Margaret Severn)

Nina Leen, Mask Dances (Margaret Severn)

Man Ray, Dancer Bronislava Nijinska, 1922

Manassé, Portrait of the Actress Inge Borg With Masks

Adolph de Meyer, member of the Ballets Russes in costume , 1940's

Wendell MacRae, Masks by W.T. Benda

Edward Steichen ~ Model Marion Morehouse in a bouffant dress and actress
Helen Lyons in a long sleeve dress by Kargère; masks by the illustrator W.T. Benda, 1926


  1. I don't know exactly why it is, but this collection is less unsettling compared to the first one. It's even funny at points! Steinberg and Morath's masks crack me up. Magritte looks like a chessboard-headed superhero detective, whilst maybe Breton could be his sidekick!

  2. @Vincent: I agree, these artist's masks serve a completely different purpose than the anthropological masks from the first post. There it's about rites and mythology, here is about the imagery of the self, including self-irony and camouflage.


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