It’s the element of surprise that still drives the beauty brand today. BAZAAR learns from Mr. François Nars how Man Ray’s dualistic, dreamlike portraits come into play in the Man Ray x Nars collaboration.
What was your first introduction to Man Ray and his work?
As a child, I remember seeing Man Ray’s photographs, but it wasn’t until I moved to Paris at 19 that I really discovered his work. I was fascinated by the art and culture of Montparnasse in the 1930s. I spent quite a bit of time visiting the places where the legendary artists of the period like Man and Picasso used to go: brasseries like La Closerie des Lilas, the streets of Montparnasse, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The endless hours I explored the Paris of Man Ray really gave me an entrée into his world and art.