Lot 58
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MAN RAY | Mr & Mrs Woodman, c. 1928

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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  • Man Ray
  • Mr & Mrs Woodman, c. 1928
  • Silver print
  • 8 by 10.5cm., 3 ¼ by 4in. 
Vintage silver print. With the artist's stamp on the verso 'Man Ray, 31 bis rue campagne première, Paris XIV'. Mounted and framed. 


Galerie 1900-2000, David and Marcel Fleiss
Private Collection, Italy


Tokyo, Station Gallery; Osaka, Daimaru Museum,  Man Ray, Retrospective Photographique 1917-75, September – November 1996
Tokyo, The Bunkamura Museum of Art; Hamamatsu, Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art; Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art (and travelling), Photographies de Man Ray, May – June 2002


Exh. Cat., Paris, Centre George Pompidou, Man Ray, Photographe, December – April 1982, p.164, N204 (variant)
Exh. Cat., Valladolid, Sala de exposiciones de las Francesas, Man Ray, April - June 1995, p.94, N59 (variant)

Catalogue Note

Man Ray frequently incorporated artist’s mannequins into paintings, photographs and his own objects. While wooden mannequin figures were widely used by artists for centuries to draw life studies, Man Ray, in true surrealist fashion, turned this tradition upside down and used the figures to create interactive and provocative scenes – his version of a ‘life study’. Despite the wooden material of the protagonists, the image
is full of movement with the faceless actors playing on notions of fantasy. The photograph becomes a playful double game of the observer and the observed. Man Ray later compiled a set of 27 images of Mr and Mrs Woodman, however this is a rare opportunity to acquire a vintage print of this immortalised couple.