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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
MAISON CLOSE
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
39

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
MAISON CLOSE
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Man Ray
1890 - 1976
MAISON CLOSE
signed Man Ray, dated 1972 and titled Maison clos [sic] on the reverse
painted cardboard and leather string
Height: 28 cm; 11 in. Width: 22,8 cm; 9 in. Depth: 11,4 cm; 4 3/4  in.
Executed in 1972, this is a unique object.
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Provenance

Luciano Anselmino, Galleria Il Fauno, Turin (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1976

Literature

Lara Vinca Masina, Man Ray, Florence, 1975, no. 66, illustrated in colour
Jean-Hubert Martin, Rosalind Krauss & Brigitte Hermann, Man Ray: Objets de mon affection, Sculptures et Objets, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1983, no. 183, illustrated p. 148

Catalogue Note

An enigmatic object, Man Ray may have intended that the meaning of Maison Close to be left to the viewer's own interpretation. The title in French means a brothel. The unique object in painted cardboard resembles an enclosed construction, fastened with leather cord. It is notable that some of Man Ray's most famous objects are bound with string or cord, such as the 1920 L'Enigme d'Isidore Ducasse (a sewing machine wrapped in a blanket and tied with string) and Torse, later referred to as Vénus restaurée, of 1936 (a plaster cast of the Venus de' Medici bound with rope).

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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