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Auction: Ragnar von Holten Collection 2010-03-17
was auctioned on: 17 March 2010
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MAN RAY, USA 1890-1976, L'Énigme d'Isidore

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Estimate: SEK20,000 - SEK30,000
ca. US$2,789 - US$4,184
Price realised:  SEK95,000
ca. US$13,250
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MAN RAY USA 1890-1976 L'Énigme d'Isidore Ducasse - 1920 Signed on label verso Man Ray 4 Rue Féron 75 Paris 6. Silvergelatin photograph, 18,5 x 25 cm. EXHIBITED Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2004, catalogue no 46 The title of the photo - The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse - refers to a nineteenth-century author, better known under his pseudonym of the Comte de Lautréamont. Ducasse wrote a number of works including Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror). Man Ray's work is inspired by the author's famous saying: "the unexpected meeting between an umbrella and a sewing machine on an operating table", which came to be almost the battle cry of the first group of surrealists. Man Ray created the sculpture shown in the photograph - a sewing machine wrapped in a military blanket - in 1920. It was later displayed at the surrealists' exhibition in 1936. The original no longer exists, although a replica from 1972 is part of the Tate Collection. In 1920, Man Ray ceased to work with painting to concentrate exclusively on objects and photographs. He almost always uses the camera to documents his works. This was actually something he had begun doing as early as 1917, because he thought that professional photographers failed to capture the essence of his work. 1920 was also the year that he started to cut his teeth as a portrait photographer, often finding his models in the nightlife of Greenwich Village in New York. Duchamp, who he met almost every day, modelled for a great many pictures from this period. Together with Duchamp, Man Ray published the paper New York Dada in the same year. Man Ray believed that Dadaism could not exist in New York, because the whole of New York is Dada and therefore could not cope with a rival. In the following year, 1921, Man Ray moved to Paris, where he worked for long periods of his life. Changes Droit de suite

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Stockholms Auktionsverk
Title: Ragnar von Holten Collection 2010-03-17
Date of the auction: 17 Mar 2010
Address: Stockholms Auktionsverk
Nybrogatan 32
? Stockholm
Sweden
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