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MAN RAY | Electricité, 1931

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  • Man Ray
  • Electricité, 1931
  • folio 15 ¼ x 11 ¼ in.; 38,5 x 28,5 cmeach print 10 ¼ x 8 in.; 26 x 20,5 cm
porfolio comprising 10 photogravures after Rayographseach signed in the negative and individually hinged to papercommissioned by La Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricitéedition 68 of 500


Collection particulière, France


Neususs, Das Fotogram, pp. 164-9
Perpetual Motif, pl.183
The Photobook: A History Volume II, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Phaidon press limited, 2006, pp. 182-183 (illustré)
E. de l'Ecotais, Man Ray: Rayographies, Léo Scheer, pp. 258-59, cat. 227-36.

Catalogue Note

Électricité is one of the most acclaimed works of Man Ray. It was originally a set of ten rayograms that the artist realized for the Parisian Electricity company (CPDE) who wanted to promote the domestic use of electricity. Man Ray showed how electricity (an invisible force) could be a modern topic. The portfolio was intended to be distributed by the company to its managers and best clients.  © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Adagp, Paris 2018