Brassaï, Dancer wearing a costume designed by Leonor Fini (Argentine, 1907–96)
for Les Demoiselles de la Nuit, 1948
Les Demoiselles de la Nuit tells the story of a musician who falls in love with his
beautiful cat Agathe, who has assumed semi-human form. Agathe tries to be faithful to
her human lover but is lured away by the sound of tomcats and the call of freedom.
She leaps off the rooftops and the musician falls to his death as he tries to grab hold of her.
She falls after him and they are united in death.
Brassai, Woman with cat mask, 1930
Brassai, Dancer in “Les demoiselles de la nuit” ballet, 1948