Man Ray (1890-1976) L'homme arbre  41 x 28.2cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/8in). (overall) (Executed in 1953)
Lot 88
Man Ray
(A1890-1976)
L'homme arbre 41 x 28.2cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/8in). (overall)
Sold for £ 11,875 (US$ 15,837) inc. premium

Lot Details
Man Ray (1890-1976) L'homme arbre  41 x 28.2cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/8in). (overall) (Executed in 1953)
Man Ray (1890-1976)
L'homme arbre
signed and dated 'Man Ray 53' (lower right); signed and inscribed 'For Gertrude Man Ray' (verso)
oil on panel hinged to a cardboard chalkboard mounted within a wooden box with plexiglass
41 x 28.2cm (16 1/8 x 11 1/8in). (overall)
Executed in 1953

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Monsieur Andrew Strauss and Monsieur Timothy Baum. This work will be included in the forthcoming Man Ray catalogue raisonné, currently being prepared.

    Provenance
    Juliet Browner Collection, the artist's wife, Paris.
    Anon. sale, Michel Lhomme, Liège, 10 September 2005, lot 264.
    Private collection, UK (acquired at the above sale).
    Thence by descent to the present owner.


    This work is a unique construction composed of a painting on wood attached to a plastic chalkboard, suspended in a wooden wine box with a plexiglass lid. Man Ray was experimenting with these works encased in boxes when he lived in Los Angeles from 1940 - 1951. It was soon after he arrived in the city that he met Juliet Browner, a dancer and artist's model whom he later married.
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