Lot 4
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Man Ray

12,000 - 16,000 EUR
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  • Man Ray
  • Mannequin surréaliste de Maurice Henry, 1938
  • Silver print. Stamped 'Man Ray 40 rue Denfert-Rochereau Paris 5' and with the 'Reproduction Interdite' stamp on the reverse.
  • 22,7 by 14,8 cm., 8 ⅞ by 5 ¾ in.
Exposition surréaliste, 1938, mannequin by Maurice Henry
Silver gelatin print
9h x 5 3/4w inches

Estimate: €10,000 - 15,000


Madrid, Paris & Berlin, 2007-10, p. 131
Tokyo, 2010, no. 127


Wolfsburg, 1994-95, p. 55
Fukui, 2004, p. 80 (autre cadrage)
Lugano, 2011, pl. 294
Ottinger, 2013, p. 80
Brühl, 2013, p. 229

Catalogue Note

The most striking exhibits of the 1938 Exposition internationale du surréalisme in Paris were the shop mannequins specially dressed for the occasion by a Surrealist artist. In addition to contributing a mannequin and several his paintings, Man Ray was appointed “master of light”, which included issuing torches to visitors to guide their way through the semi-dark Surreal universe to the rue surréaliste, a long corridor populated by the sixteen shop mannequins.

The present work shows the mannequin decorated by Maurice Henry, who joined the Surrealist group in 1933. Man Ray photographed all the mannequins exhibited in 1938 and in 1966 published a series of 15 images under the title Résurrection des mannequins.