François Nars, a sybarite, makeup artist, photographer and founder of the iconic beauty brand NARS, once found a gold mine in the form of the release of special holiday collections. The collections, made in his characteristic intelligent manner, come out not only beautiful and brilliant, they also carry the hidden meaning and knowledge of those characters to whom he reverently devotes them - Andy Warhol, Guy Bourdin, Stephen Klein, Sarah Moon …
This Christmas collection is imbued with the ideas and worldview of Man Ray. “He flourished in the thirties,” says François Nars. - It is amazing how at that time, operating only with black and white images, he managed to be one step ahead, bringing so much provocation, wit and originality to his works. Man Ray, thanks to his love of surrealism, created images that were and remain out of fashion. This is why they are so modern."
Most of the 32 products in the new collection are limited edition and will never be
American avant-garde artist Man Ray became the founder of Dadaism and Surrealism in photography, sculpture, cinema and painting. It was he who perfected the technique of solarization and reiography - images taken without a camera. He made famous portraits of Coco Chanel, Helena Rubinstein, Elsa Schiaparelli and Gertrude Stein. In 1937, LMode au Congo's photography changed the world of fashion forever - a black model and Man Ray's muse Adrienne “Adi” Fidelin first appeared in a famous magazine. He said this: "With my work, I have always tried to cheer and puzzle the viewer, provoke irritation, create an atmosphere of mystery and make them think."
French makeup guru François Nars has done the incredible - out of hundreds of images that have turned modern art, he chose only 12, which became the visual guide to the world of Man Ray. The expressive lips that grace most of the products follow the shape of the lips of artist assistant Lee Miller. Adi Fidelin leaning over the chessboard is a tribute to the maestro's passion for this intellectual game.
Provocative photos from the 1930s - the head of Kiki's mistress from Montparnasse, an anonymous kiss, a pendulum, glass tears and a veil - also became a kind of fantasy about objects of desire, shades and textures. Most of the 32 products in the new collection are limited edition, there were no such shades for eyes and lips and will never be, so this is another good reason to rush into the magical embrace of modern art without looking back.
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