As I noted on my post before last, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille) is a portrait of Dora Maar, who was Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse for nine years. Maar was a prominent photographer in the Surrealist movement. She photographed the making of “Guernica,” Picasso’s 1938 masterpiece. She was the model for the woman holding the lantern, too.
Maar was also an occasional model for Man Ray. The above photograph is solarized, a photographic process invented by Lee Miller, another prominent Surrealist photographer who, along with Ray, have quite a few posts on this blog.
NOTE: As does as Erwin Blumenfeld, who further developed Ray and Miller’s solarisation process.