4 October 2016
Man Ray (1890-1976)
Alberto Giacometti, 1932
gelatin silver print
signed and dated '33' in pencil (image); stamped 'Man Ray 31 bis, Rue Campagne Première Paris' [Manford M3] and annotated in pencil (verso)
image/sheet: 9 x 6 7/8 in. (22.9 x 17.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1933
Knoedler Kasmin Gallery, London.
Waddington Galleries, London.
Acquired from the above by Leslie Waddington.
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Philippe Sers, Man Ray – Photographs, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 1982, pl. 23 (variant);
Self Portrait – Man Ray, Bloomsbury, London, 1988, p. 203 (variant).
Please note that Artist Resale Right (ARR) is applicable to the present lot.
Post Lot Text
From the moment Man Ray arrived in Paris he was quickly absorbed into the social and artistic hierarchy of the epoch. First associated with the Dadaists, their group portrait taken by him in July 1921 established him as not only a competent but highly creative portrait photographer. By the middle of 1922 he was working for Vanity Fair and would do so for the following decade. Anyone who was considered a member of the social and artistic milieu of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s had their portrait taken by Man Ray. He approached each sitting in an imaginative and innovative way, not charging for those whose company he enjoyed. Of Giacometti Man Ray wrote “He could talk with lucid, voluble brilliance – on many subjects. I liked to sit with him in a café and watch as well as listen to him… a fine subject for my photographic portraiture.”
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