Sotheby’s proudly presents a selection of 400 works, essentially from Dada and Surrealist artist, Man Ray, next month in Paris, France. The sale includes Man Ray’s photographs, drawings, paintings, as well as objects, jewellery, chess and film. This particular sale will be the last auction presented directly from the artist’s studio, the artist’s estate, making it the largest and most important sale for Man Ray in almost two decades.
In leading the , Sotheby’s France Vice President, Andrew Strauss, said, “This is likely the very last estate of a Dada or Surrealist artist to come directly to auction, nearly 40 years after the Man Ray’s death. The extraordinary diversity of subjects and innovative concepts expressed by experimentation and his skilful mastery of techniques reveals how Man Ray truly was a multi-media artist.”
The sale consists of nearly 200 lots of fundamental vintage photographs, a variation from portraits to fashion photography, featuring portraitures of Pablo Picasso and Henry Miller. Among the sale, surrealist objects are also featured, such as the legendary ‘Ce que manque à nous tous’, alongside with the artist’s inspiration in the game of chess where the sale will present a grand ‘Chess Painting’ and a number of chess set designs photographs.
The Head of Sotheby’s European Photographs Department, Simone Klein, adds, “The photographs from the are like a time-capsule, reflecting the era and the creativity of one of the most prolific artists of the twentieth century. This incredibly varied ensemble groups together vintage prints of some of Man Ray’s most emblematic images as well as some of his latest known works, ranging from Surrealist compositions to portraits of contemporary personalities, also including hitherto unseen landscapes of France and the United States.”
The Man Ray Auction Sale will be presented at Sotheby’s Paris, France, on 15th November 2014.
Man Ray Auction Sale
15 November 2014