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Adrian Etienne Drian
Déco venetian carnival party hosted by Luisa Casati triptych, Etienne Drian

1914

$100,000

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In the center, Marchesa Luisa Casati in a Venetian party with Boni de Castellane. Each panel is 40cm wide. Details in gold. Signed and dated "Etienne Drian 1914" Provenance: Roberto Otero, Argentinian photographer Etienne Drian is perhaps best known for his stunning verre eglomise screen painted with a scene of black jazz musicians, which was acquired by Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar II, of Indore, in 1931 in France, and placed in the ballroom/ music room of the Maharaja's art deco palace, Manik Bagh. Luisa Casati was said to walk around Venice at night with her pet cheetahs, naked but for a fur cloak. The marquise Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was one of the most extravagant, yet relatively unknown society figures from the beginning of last century. Patron and muse of several artists, she lived a life as legendary as her reputation. She was a force of nature and made her mark on everyone she met, exerting a magnetism on her contemporaries. The marquise used the public realm as a theatre scene of a play where she was very much the star. Her every public appearance was a true show, since she wanted to be, as she said “a living work of art”. In April 1917, three years into World War 1, Pablo Picasso attended a dinner hosted by the wealthy heiress Marchesa Luisa Casati in Rome. “It was so preposterous a contrast to the shell-shocked Paris that Picasso had recently left that he retained a precise visual memory of it for the rest of his life,” writes Judith Mackrell in her new book The Unfinished Palazzo. “Forty years later he could still recall the footmen in their 18th-Century livery who’d thrown copper filings onto the dining-room fires in order to turn the flames green; the massive boa constrictor that had lounged in golden coils on a polar bear skin rug… and above all, the startling appearance of Luisa herself, dressed in a pearl-embroidered gown with a stiff Elizabethan ruff and a neckline that plunged to her navel.” Born in Milan in 1881 and orphaned at the age of 15, Luisa Casati was to become a figure shrouded in legends as elaborate as the clothes she wore. Almost pathologically shy, she had a menagerie of pets, which included a boa constrictor she wore around her neck, white peacocks trained to perch on her windowsills and a flock of tame albino blackbirds dyed different colours to match the themes of her parties. She commissioned the costume designer of the Ballets Russes to create ever more outrageous outfits, notably one made of tiny electric lightbulbs that short-circuited and gave her an electric shock so powerful it forced her into a backward somersault. And she was fascinated by the occult, always carrying a crystal ball and collecting wax replicas of herself, including one that was life-sized with a wig made from her own hair: when hosting dinner, she would sit the figure next to her and in the dim candlelight her guests struggled to make out which was the real Luisa. Casati was physically striking, enhancing her features in an unusual way, as a 2003 profile in The New Yorker described. “The Marchesa was exceptionally tall and cadaverous, with a head shaped like a dagger and a little, feral face that was swamped by incandescent eyes. She brightened their pupils with belladonna and blackened their contours with kohl or India ink, gluing a two-inch fringe of false lashes and strips of black velvet to the lids,” wrote Judith Thurman in a feature accompanied by sketches by Karl Lagerfeld, a fan of Casati. “She powdered her skin a fungal white and dyed her hair to resemble a corona of flames… Her contemporaries couldn’t decide if she was a vampire, a bird of paradise, an androgyne, a goddess, an enigma, or a common lunatic.”

Details

  • Creator
    Adrian Etienne Drian (French)
  • Creation Year
    1914
  • Dimensions
    Height: 44.3 in. (112.5 cm)Width: 47.25 in. (120 cm)Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)
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  • Framing
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Recoleta, AR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU159928559272

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