Sotheby’s New York, 26 April 2001, Sale 7633, Lot 126
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2005
Emmanuelle de l'Ecotais and Alain Sayag, eds., Man Ray: Photography and Its Double (Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1998), pp. 166-7
In the present photograph, Man Ray has exercised particular care in framing. While the original negative shows the nude lying in a traditional horizontal position (ibid., p. 166), Man Ray has tilted the axis radically in this print, so that the figure is nearly diagonal. This change of angle adds compositional tension, creating an image of dramatic impact.
In Photography and Its Double, this image is shown as part of a larger group of photographs designated with the series title, La Prière. The most famous image from this session is the eponymously titled nude study illustrated below.
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