Lot 105
  • 105

MAN RAY | Saint-Raphaël, France

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Man Ray
  • Saint-Raphaël, France
  • gelatin silver print
  • 9 by 11 1/8  in. (22.9 by 28.3 cm.)
title and numerical notations in pencil and with the photographer's 'Photograph By Man Ray' credit stamp (Manford M24) on the reverse, circa 1920s


Collection of the photographer By descent to Naomi Savage, the photographer's niece

Catalogue Note

In 1922, a year after his arrival in Paris, Man Ray discovered Saint-Raphaël, a small resort town on the Côte d'Azur, thanks to his friend Francis Picabia.  Man Ray often visited the seaside town and stayed at the Hôtel Continental, also frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and Paul Eluard.  In the present photograph, Man Ray depicts the harbour and grand basilica Notre-Dame de la Victoire built in 1887 in the historic center of Saint-Raphaël.  The blurred, out-of-focus perspective employed in this photograph was just one of the photomechanical techniques that Man Ray experimented with in both his photography and film during the 1920s.  For Man Ray’s 1928 short L'Étoile de mer, the characters are seen distorted through glass and refracted mirror.