Man Ray - Photographs New York Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    From the artist; to Ed Willis Barnett, a close acquaintance of the artist

  • Literature

    Abbeville Press, Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray, p. 248; Dover Publications, Photographs by Man Ray: 105 Works, 1920-1934, pp. 85 and 91; de l'Ecotais, Man Ray: Rayographies, pls. 9, 64, 145 and 177; Heiting, Man Ray, p. 216; J. Paul Getty Museum, In Focus: Man Ray, pl. 16; Ludion Press, Man Ray, pl. 311; Schwarz, Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination, pls. 196, 210 and 390

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1922, Man Ray created Les Champs délicieux: Album de photographies, a portfolio comprised of twelve gelatin silver prints (made from the original rayographs.) In the early 1960s, an exhibition of the original 1920s rayographs was on display in the city of Stuttgart. The exhibition, titled 12 Rayographs: 1921-1928, resulted in renewed commercial interest in Man Ray's rayographs. Encouraged by the success of the exhibition, Man Ray collaborated with Schubert and Kapitzki, pub., Stuttgart, to assemble 12 Rayographs: 1921-1928, a second portfolio comprised of twelve gelatin silver prints. In tandem, Man Ray compiled a maquette for a book that was intended to feature 50 of his rayographs. While the book was never realized, the portfolio, however, was. The photographs offered in the current lot may have been experimental prints for the unrealized book or possibly the second portfolio.


Selected Images

gelatin silver prints, printed 1960s.

Each approximately 11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. (28.9 x 21.3 cm).
One signed, annotated 'Rayograph', 'Reproduction' and 'Original-Collection J. Pelithory Paris' in ink on the verso; one signed, titled 'Rayograph' and annotated 'Reproduction of Original' in ink on the verso; one signed, titled 'Rayograph' dated '1927' and annotated 'Reproduction of Original' in ink on the verso.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $28,750


9 April 2011
New York