Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Juliet in Mud Mask

Juliet in Mud Mask

Juliet in Mud Mask, 1945, Man Ray. Gelatin silver print. 14 x 10 11/16 in. © Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

On View at the Getty Center: In Focus Los Angeles 1945-1980

Man Ray’s composite image of Juliet Browner and a roughly hewn sculpture transforms the artist’s future wife into an ancient statue or a modern beauty about to emerge from a facial treatment. Following two decades in Paris, where he solidified his reputation as an avant-garde artist through his affiliation with the movements of Dada and Surrealism, the American-born Man Ray took refuge in Los Angeles when the Nazis occupied Paris in 1940. Although the multitalented artist experimented tirelessly with painting, sculpture, film, and mixed media, his photographs remain his best-known works. Juliet was an enduring subject throughout their stay in Hollywood and in Paris, where the couple settled in 1951.