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  • Provenance

    The Collection of James Thrall Soby
    Sotheby's, New York, Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, 22 October 2002, lot 23

    In 1940, James Thrall Soby, collector, patron and author of Photographs by Man Ray 1920-1934 bequeathed his collection to the Museum of Modern Art where he had served, among other roles, as a Trustee. The collection included 125 Man Ray photographs and helped establish the museums impressive holdings of his work. As part of that gift, this print was held in the museum’s collection until it was de-accessioned in 2002.

  • Literature

    Minotaure, no. 7, 1935, p. 75
    De l'Ecotais & Sayag, Man Ray: La Photographie à l'envers, p. 37
    Gingko Press, Man Ray: Photography and its Double, p. 37

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1940, James Thrall Soby, collector, patron and author of Photographs by Man Ray 1920-1934 bequeathed his collection to the Museum of Modern Art where he had served, among other roles, as a Trustee. The collection included 125 Man Ray photographs and helped establish the museums impressive holdings of his work. As part of that gift, this print was held in the museum’s collection until it was de-accessioned in 2002.

    Man Ray used this image as an advertisement for his portrait studio in Paris in 1935.

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

200

Profile Study of a Woman

1928
Gelatin silver print.
11 5/8 x 9 in. (29.5 x 22.9 cm)
Rue Campagne Première studio credit (M6), reproduction limitation (M14) stamp and various annotations in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $30,000

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New York Auction 4 April 2016