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163
Man Ray, 1890-1976
PORTRAIT
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,600 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
163
Man Ray, 1890-1976
PORTRAIT
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,600 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist and Modern Art including Ceramics by Pablo Picasso

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Man Ray, 1890-1976
PORTRAIT

signed with the initials and dated 52; signed, titled and dated 1952 on the reverse


oil on board
27 by 22cm.; 10 5/8 by 8 5/8 in.
Painted in 1952.
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To be included in the Catalogue of Paintings of Man Ray being prepared by Andrew Strauss and Timothy Baum.

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1968

Catalogue Note

Painting a face as in the present work instead of photographing it supports the apprehension that Man Ray was more interested in the intrinsic value of a work of art than in its pure representational side. In his own words, he always chose the medium which was “best suited to express that idea”[1], and in this case, painting proved for him more powerful than photography. Versatile and skilled in all the media he used, he explored the idea behind the work rather than its aesthetic perfection.

[1]  Arturo Schwarz, Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination, London, 1977

 

Impressionist and Modern Art including Ceramics by Pablo Picasso

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Olympia