Titling each painting after a play by Shakespeare, Man Ray created dynamic and intriguing Surrealist compositions, incorporating faithful renderings of the models, presented as symbols or characters juxtaposed to re-enact a scene from a Shakespeare play: “I did not copy [the mathematical models] literally but composed a picture in each case, varying the proportions, adding color, ignoring the mathematical intent and introducing an irrelevant form sometimes, as a butterfly or the leg of a table. When about fifteen were completed, I gave the series the general title: Shakespearean Equations, and for individual identification the title of one of Shakespeare’s plays, quite arbitrarily or the first that occurred to me. … Some saw a symbolical relation between the subject and the title.” (Self Portrait, 1988, pp. 291-92)
In the present composition, Man Ray combines a mathematical wire model in the collection of the Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, with an elliptical object resembling a vegetable or fruit, the fortuitous meeting of two unlikely objects, set in a perspectival backdrop. Such paintings, forming part of the Shakespearean Equations series from 1948 with three subsequent oils in the ensuing years, challenged Man Ray's audience as they attempted in vain to find direct associations between the painting and the play's plot, but to no avail. This pleased Man Ray, who remarked “...it's just as well!”
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