Ady Fidelin on Roland Penrose's shoulders

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Title Ady Fidelin on Roland Penrose's shoulders
Artist Lee Miller
Year 1937
Town/City Mougins
Country France
Format Vintage
Contact Sheet
Description In 1940, Man Ray fled from France and returned to the United States, leaving Ady Fidelin behind . . Ady either couldn’t or wouldn’t leave. Her mother was ill and perhaps she wanted to stay and care for her. It's also possible she couldn't get a visa to travel to America. The war put paid to her fledging career in fashion. Her appearance in Harper’s Bazaar, the first by a black woman in a major fashion magazine, a double page spread in which Ady’s image is set apart from the three white models, would be her only fashion spread. After the war, Man Ray, newly married to Juliet Browner, returned to Paris to find that Ady had kept his studio intact. So many of his works might have been lost during the Nazi occupation had it not been for her efforts. Having turned down several proposals during the war in case Man Ray returned, Ady eventually married André Art in the 1950s, but kept in touch with Man Ray until at least the early 1960s. Ady Fidelin died in 2004 in the South of France, largely forgotten.

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