Femmes #9, Circa 1930

by Man Ray

Photography : silver print

30 x 22 x 0.1 cm 11.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch

$7,899

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About the artwork

Type

Numbered and limited to 35 copies

1 copy available

Signature

Signed artwork

Authenticity

Sold with certificate of Authenticity from the gallery

Invoice from the gallery


Medium

Photography: silver print

Dimensions cm inch

30 x 22 x 0.1 cm 11.8 x 8.7 x 0 inch Height x Width x Depth

Framing

Black frame with plexiglass

Artwork dimensions including frame

51.3 x 41.2 x 2.5 cm 20.2 x 16.2 x 1 inch


Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: Australia

Edition 17 of 35.

Caption label signed in black ink by Paolo Vandrasch and Juliette Man Ray on the verso.

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This beautiful female portraits by Man Ray have an interesting story to tell. The printing technique - the so-called pseudosolarisation – is obtained by illuminating the paper for a fraction of time during the development phase, which gives the faces a mysterious and intriguing quality. These two images were made in 1981 under the direction of his wife Juliet from the original negatives in an operation involving three other important Milanese figures: the photographer Mario Carrieri, who made his studio available for the prints, Paolo Vandrash, who made them with his acknowledged cultural competence and technical skill, and the art dealer Giorgio Marconi, the most important Italian collector of Man Ray, who published them.

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Fern Hill Gallery • Australia

Artsper seller since 2023

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Man Ray, Femmes #9

Man Ray

United States  • 1890  - 1976

Presentation

Man Ray, born Emmanuel Rudnitsky in Philadelphia, 1890. He was initially enrolled in architecture before devoting himself entirely to art.

After beginning an advertising career in New York, 1912, he rubbed shoulders with avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp. Man Ray's artistic production fluctuated between painting and photography. He attempted to create an American branch in 1915 of the Dada movement with Marcel Duchamp, but it was unsuccessful and Man Ray gave up the idea in 1920, stating that the movement can't exist in New York.

Man Ray arrived in Paris, joining the French Dada movement with Duchamp in 1921. He presented his initial "Ready Made" after a few trials painted with a spray gun, but he eventually turned towards photography as he found this medium to be the most interesting for his artistic research. Man Ray often took photos of famous people such as Jean Cocteau and James Joyce.

Man Ray revolutionized photography for over thirty years and completed the nude series of Meret Oppenheim. Upon discovered the solarization technique, Man Ray managed to develop his artistic approach, by adding a kind of a halo around the characters, each of them positioned in a surrealistic manner.

Throughout his life, Man Ray continued his photography work, but he also expressed himself through painting, assembling and collage. In 1976, he died in Paris and was buried at the Montparnasse cemetery. The inscription reads, "Unconcerned, but not indifferent", on his tombstone. Man Ray became one of the greatest artists of the dada and surrealist period by revolutionizing global photography.


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