Lot 9
  • 9

Man Ray

Estimate
12,000 - 16,000 EUR
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Description

  • Man Ray
  • Alberto Giacometti, solarisé, 1932
  • Solarised silver print.
  • photograph
  • 8.1 by 5.5 cm, 3 ¼ by 2 ¼ in.
Alberto Giacometti, circa 1932
Silver gelatin print
3 1/4h x 2 1/2w inches

Estimate: €10,000 - 15,000

Exhibited

Madrid, Paris & Berlin, 2007-10, p. 97
Tokyo, 2010, no. 73

Literature

Zervos, 1932, p. 339 (variante)
Man Ray Portraits, 1963, n.p. (variante)
Tokyo, 1984, p. 58
Self Portrait, 1988, p. 203 (autre cadrage)
Turin, 1995, p. 138 (variante)
Centre Pompidou, 1996, p. 318 (variante)
Tokyo, 1996-97, p. 84 (variantes)
Milan, 1998, p. 110 (variante)

Catalogue Note

His deeply marked face with a grayish complexion, like medieval sculpture, was a fine subject for my photographic portraiture.

Man Ray met Giacometti in 1929 or 1930, and recalled that Giacometti “gave one the impression of a tortured soul. Always dissatisfied with his work, feeling he had carried it not far enough, or perhaps too far, he’d abandon it in his heaped-up little studio and start on an entirely new formula. When he turned to painting for a while, his colorless, line-searching figures seemed to express final resignation in a futile search for himself. Whatever direction he took, the work was always a positive expression – a perfect reflection of the man. He could talk with lucid, voluble brilliance – on many subjects. I liked to sit with him in a café and watch as well as listen to him. His deeply marked face with a grayish complexion, like medieval sculpture, was a fine subject for my photographic portraiture.” (Self Portrait, 1988, p. 203)

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