This photograph shows Man Ray’s handsome coupé parked alongside a country road, with Kiki, Man Ray’s lover and muse at the time, in the passenger’s seat. The photograph is twin to another, taken from the same vantage point, in which Man Ray appears in the car.
The Voisin line of automobiles was manufactured by a French company established by the aviator Gabriel Voisin in 1919. Man Ray’s interest in cars did not end with the Voisin, but continued into his years in Hollywood, where he purchased a 1941 Graham-Page sedan that could quickly accelerate to 100 miles an hour. Arnold Crane remembered that, even in Paris in the 1960s, Man Ray was anxious to test his new Porsche 911-T against Crane’s Ferrari (cf. Neil Baldwin, Man Ray: American Artist, pp. 247 and 344).
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