The Sleep of Reason: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online
PIERRE MOLINIER | LE FESTIN DES MANÈS
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD
PIERRE MOLINIER (1900 - 1976)
LE FESTIN DES MANÈS
Signed P. Molinier (lower right)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 7⅞ by 6¼ in. (20 by 15.9 cm)
Framed: 19¼ by 17⅛ in. (48.9 by 43.5 cm)
Conceived in 1966 and printed at a later date.
The work is in very good condition. This print is on double Agfa paper. Under raking light: There are some scuffs to the right edge of the image. Deposits of original retouching. There is silvering along the periphery to the darkest areas of the image, most notably in the upper right corner. There is a sharp handling crease to the bottom edge of the image. None of the aforementioned appear to break the emulsion. The margin is slightly yellowed, and there are scattered handling creases around the periphery of the margin. There is wear to the margin edges and minor bumping to the corners. There is soiling and yellowing on the reverse, as well as to the bottom edge of the margin. There are two remnants of a previous hinging to the upper corners of the verso.
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Paul Benarroche, Paris
Gilles Dusein, Paris
Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above on August 25, 2004
Surrealism: Two Private Eyes (exhibition catalogue), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1999, illustration of another example p. 798
Pierre Molinier Photographe Retrospective (exhibition catalogue), Galarie Kamel Mennour, Paris, 2000, illustration of another example p. 71