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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
PAIN PEINT / BLUE BRED – FAVORITE FOOD FOR BLUE BIRDS
Estimate
18,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 EUR
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
PAIN PEINT / BLUE BRED – FAVORITE FOOD FOR BLUE BIRDS
Estimate
18,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Man Ray
1890 - 1976
PAIN PEINT / BLUE BRED – FAVORITE FOOD FOR BLUE BIRDS
inscribed with the initials MR and numbered 6/25
painted bronze
length: 69 cm; 27 1/8  in.
First conceived in 1958 as a real baguette painted blue (two examples known to exist), with subsequent editions in painted resin, painted plaster and painted bronze made in the 1960s.
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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 1974

Literature

Man Ray, Oggetti d’affezione, Milan, 1970, no. 93, illustration of another example
Jean-Hubert Martin, Rosalind Krauss & Brigitte Hermann, Man Ray: Objets de mon affection, Sculptures et Objets, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1983, no. 127, illustration of another example, p. 107

Catalogue Note

Displaying his characteristic humour, Pain peint is typical of Man Ray's talent for taking a mundane everyday object and transforming it through both a visual alteration and the addition of an evocative title. In the present work, a French baguette was painted blue. The result was simply a "pain peint" (painted bread), a title which reminded Man Ray of children imitating a fire engine. Man Ray translated the title in English as Blue Bred – Favorite Food for Blue Birds.

"You see when I painted a local bread blue, the idea of a title came to me almost immediately and almost automatically: in French "pain peint" painted bread, because it sounds also like the kids running down the street after a fire engine and imitating the sound of the sirens: 'pain–pain–pain–pain–pain–pain', you know." (Man Ray, BBC televised interview, 1972)

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