Lot 107
  • 107

Man Ray

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • Man Ray
  • LES MAINS LIBRES

    PORTRAIT IMAGINAIRE DU MARQUIS DE SADE (I)
    AUTOPORTRAIT(II)
    SOLITAIRE (III)
    LE PONT BRISÉ (IV)
    LA FEMME ET SON POISSON (V)
    NARCISSE (VI)
    POWER (VII)
    NU (VIII)
    HAND AND FRUIT (IX)
    BELLE MAIN (X)
  • Each: Inscribed MR and numbered 0/8
  • Bronze
  • Height: (I) 16 in., 41 cm; (II) 11 3/4 in., 29.5 cm; (III) 15 in., 38.1 cm; (IV) 16 in., 41 cm; (V) 16 in., 41 cm; (VI) 15 in., 38.1 cm; (VII) 16 in., 41 cm; (VIII) 16 in., 41 cm; (IX) 10 in., 25.4 cm; (X) 14 3/4 in., 37.5 cm

Provenance

Private Collection, Italy (acquired from the artist in 1971 and sold: Sotheby's, Paris, July 3, 2008, lot 143)
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Man Ray, mains libres (exhibition catalogue), Galleria Il Fauno, Turin, 1972, illustrations of other casts
Janus, Man Ray, Milan, 1973, no. 143-148, illustrations of other casts
Janus, Man Ray, Tutti gli Scritti, Milan, 1981, illustrations of other casts pp. 221, 401, 412-13 & 454
Jean-Hubert Martin, Brigitte Hermann & Rosalind Krauss, Man Ray, Objets de mon affection, Sculptures et objets, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1983, p. 165
Man Ray (exhibition catalogue), The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1991-92, nos. 147-56, illustrations of other casts pp. 90-92

Catalogue Note

Les Mains libres is a series of bronzes derived from a collection of Man Ray’s earlier drawings. In creating these drawings, Man Ray collaborated with his good friend and French Surrealist poet, Paul Éluard. Éluard wrote poems based on Man Ray’s dreamlike drawings, thus reversing the normal order of artists illustrating text. Their collaboration culminated in a book, Les Mains libres, Man Ray drawings illustrated by poems of Paul Éluard, published in 1937.

Man Ray commented on the series, stating, “I always have by my bed a notebook with a pen and ink. Even when I travel. At night, before falling asleep, if an idea occurs to me I immediately make a drawing. And in the morning when I wake up, if I have dreamed I sketch my dream immediately. Many of the Mains libres drawings are drawings of dreams” (Arturo Schwarz, Man Ray, the Rigour of Imagination, New York, 1977, p.62).

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