MAN RAY | 'JEAN COCTEAU WITH SELF-PORTRAIT WIRE STRUCTURE', CA.1925
1890 - 1976
'JEAN COCTEAU WITH SELF-PORTRAIT WIRE STRUCTURE', CA.1925
Silver print on postcard. Annotated 'Je vais prévenir Fraigneau' in ink in the margin. Signed and annotated 'Il y a en vous quelque chose de dénoué de merveilleux qui m'a mis beaucoup de douceur. Jean' in black ink on the verso. Matted and framed.
Image 10.7 x 8 cm (4¼ x 3⅛in.);
sheet 14 x 8.9 cm (5½ x 3½in.)
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This vintage silver print is in overall good to very good condition. A delightful and eye-catching object. Hinge-mounted to card with two pieces of adhesive at upper edge verso. Corners slightly bumped and edges a little worn, with tiny loss of emulsion, away from image. A few handling creases across print and margin. A small retouching mark in ear only visible under raking light. Darker areas show some silvering under raking light only. A few pressure points and some tiny scuffing visible under raking light and as expected with print of this age. Some tiny aging spots verso.
Framed and matted between two pieces of plexiglass to show the inscription on verso of the postcard.
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Private collection, UK
Man Ray's Paris Portraits: 1921-38, Washington, D.C. Middendorf Gallery, 1989, pl. 32 (variant illustrated).