MAN RAY (1890-1976)
MAN RAY (1890-1976)

A l'heure de l'observatoire - Les amoureux

MAN RAY (1890-1976)
A l'heure de l'observatoire - Les amoureux
Lithograph in colours, 1970, on wove paper, signed in pencil, inscribed ESSAY (sic), a rare trial proof before the edition of 150 published by J. Petithory, Paris, with wide margins, framed
Image 14 x 35 ½in. (35.4 x 90cm.)
Anselmino 15
London, Oliver Hoare, Every Object Tells a Story, 2017, no. 322.

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Lot Essay

A l'Heure de l'observatoire les amoureux (Observatory Time the Lovers) is one of Man Ray’s most celebrated images. This lithograph is based on the painting of the same name which was executed from 1932-34. Depicting the lips of the photographer Lee Miller, floating in a sky above the Paris observatory, the painting was made in response to the ending of their relationship in 1932, and has become an icon of surrealism.

This colour trial proof is printed with a yellow background hue, rather than the blue of the standard edition. Only one other impression of this colour variation has appeared at auction in the last thirty years (Sotheby's, London, 22-23 March 1995, lot 526).

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