LEE MILLER (1907–1977)
LEE MILLER (1907–1977)
LEE MILLER (1907–1977)
1 More
LEE MILLER (1907–1977)
4 More
LEE MILLER (1907–1977)

Charlie Chaplin with Chandelier, Paris, France, 1931

LEE MILLER (1907–1977)
Charlie Chaplin with Chandelier, Paris, France, 1931
signed, numbered and inscribed in pencil 'Lee Miller 15 Chaplain [sic]' and with the Julien Levy Gallery stamp (on the reverse)
gelatin silver print
image/sheet: 7 x 9 in. (17.8 x 22.8 cm.)
Julien Levy, New York (1931-1949).
Witkin Gallery, New York (acquired from the above, 1977).
Acquired from the above by the late owners, 1980.
New York, Staley-Wise Gallery, The Lives of Lee Miller: An Exhibition of Photographs 1930-1945, November 1985-January 1986.
Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Lee Miller: Photographer, January 1989-December 1991.
Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sweet Dreams and Nightmares: Dada and Surrealism from the Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs Collection, March-May 2000.
New York, Pace/MacGill Gallery, The Long Arm of Coincidence: Selections from the Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs Collection, April-May 2009 (illustrated).
Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art, The Indestructible Lee Miller, October 2015-February 2016.

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

In 1929, a young Lee Miller began assisting Man Ray in his studio in Paris while pursuing her own photography. She quickly absorbed the Surrealist influences around her, producing many strikingly original works, including this wondrously dizzying image of perhaps the most famous comic actor in history, Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977). The year that this portrait was taken, the film City Lights—written, produced and directed by Chaplin—was released with great success. The film is still considered one Chaplin's most notable accomplishments and the American Film Institute has ranked it 11th on the list best American films ever made.
Vintage Lee Miller photographs are rare, and the present work appears to be the only example of this image that has come to auction. Adding to the distinctness of the work on offer here is the artist’s connection to the Jacobses. In the 1960s, the vibrant social circle that included the Jacobses, the Copleys, Man Ray and Juliet and other artists had become centralized at the home of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, in East Sussex. Though Miller had abandoned photography by this time, Roz and Miller’s friendship flourished during this period and they remained close from there on.

More from The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs

View All
View All