Lot 28
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Post-War & Contemporary Art | 28 April 2021
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Man Ray (1890-1976)

Marquis de Sade

signed in pencil 'man Ray' (lower right) and inscribed HC (lower left)

lithograph in colours, on Japan paper, image 62x50 cm, full sheet 74x52,5 cm Published in 1970 by Toselli, Paris, and printed by Mourlot, Paris, in an edition of 99 plus artist proofs (the present print is a hors de commerce print beside the numbered edition).

Literature:
L. Anselmino, B.M. Pilat, 'Man Ray Opera Grafica', Milan 1973-1984, cat. no. 8.

Exhibited:
-Drachten, Museum Dr8888, 'Man Ray. Holland Dada and the international context', 23 April 2016 - 18 September 2016.

Marquis de Sade
In 1937, Les Mains Libres, a collection of Man Ray drawings accompanied by poems of Paul Eluard, was published. It includes two imaginary portraits of De Sade, who seems to resemble the surrealist leader André Breton. The building in the background of the lithograph is the Bastille, the prison in which the ‘Divine Marquis’ spent much of his life. His unbridled fantasy, extreme individualism, and desire for total freedom made De Sade a spiritual leader for the surrealists. De Sade’s early work takes a strong stance against the Catholic church as moralist and censor. Notable in the object ‘Hommage à Sade’ (lot 30) is the use of stained glass due to the direct association with church windows. Man Ray opts for a frame in the shape of women’s legs interspersed with dangerous pikes.

Voor deze kunstenaar is volgrecht van toepassing.

€ 800,00
€ 1.200,00

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