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Man Ray
‘KIKI – MA VOISIN’
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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72
Man Ray
‘KIKI – MA VOISIN’
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Man Ray
1890-1976
‘KIKI – MA VOISIN’
signed in pencil on the image, signed, titled, and dated in pencil on the reverse, 1927
8 3/4  by 11 1/8  in. (22.5 by 28.4 cm.)
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 2 May 1997, Sale 7266, Lot 446

Catalogue Note

After establishing himself as a successful professional photographer in Paris, Man Ray was able to purchase an automobile, a Voisin C7, that gave him mobility in and around the city.  The Voisin makes an extended appearance in Man Ray’s 1929 film, Les Mystères du Château du Dé: in the opening sequences, the car is driven away from Paris and through the French countryside by two faceless men, the distinctive Voisin hood ornament visible in many of the drivers’-eye-view shots. 

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). 

 

175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

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New York