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  • Provenance

    From the Collection of Professor Barbu Brezianu, a Brancusi scholar
    Ubu Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Man Ray 1890-1976, pl. 246
    Varia, Brancusi, p. 72 there titled and dated Brancusi avec Polaire, 1928

  • Catalogue Essay

    Man Ray and Constantin Brancusi met in Paris in the early 1920s, shortly after the noted American artist moved to the European capital for progressive thinkers. While the two worked in disparate mediums—Man Ray largely with photography and assemblages, and Brancusi with blocks of marble and wood—both were drawn to the Modernist principles of abstraction espoused and celebrated in Paris. It is no surprise, therefore, that Man Ray aided Brancusi with purchasing photographic equipment and setting up a dark room inside his studio. In the current lot, Man Ray photographed Brancusi with his dog and close companion Polaire. The image captures the sincere camaraderie between the two Modernist masters.


Constantin Brancusi

Gelatin silver print.
9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (23.2 x 17.1 cm)
'31 bis rue Campagne-Premiére' credit stamp, titled 'Brancusi es Polaire' in pencil and dated in pen, both in an unidentified hand, all on the verso.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000

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4 April 2012
New York