Man Ray - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Collection of Arnold H. Crane; Private Collection, Chicago

  • Exhibited

    Man Ray: Photo Graphics From the Collection of Arnold H. Crane, Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, 10 February -11 March 1973; Man Ray Photographs, Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Columbus, GA, 11 September- 17 October 1976

  • Literature

    Allan Frumkin Gallery, Man Ray: Vintage Photographs, Solarizations and Rayographs, n.p.; Thames and Hudson, Man Ray Photographs, pl. 97 for a variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    In this powerful surreal image, created during the height of Man Ray’s inventive use of soloraization, a nude torso becomes more than merely human. By his revolutionary detachment of form from its original structure and his transformative reversal of the tonal components of light and shadow, Man Ray presents a mysterious and provocative rearrangement of the female figure. What we encounter in this ambiguous statuesque beauty extends beyond the bounds of representation into the realm of primal fantasy.



Solarized gelatin silver print.
13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (34.6 x 27 cm).
Signed in pencil on the recto.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $134,500


4 October 2011
New York