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Untitled (Mannequin with Cone and Sphere)

1926


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 28.3 x 36.2 cm (11 1/8 x 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1983.326

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

The tabletop still life seems an unlikely subject for modernist photographers, but during the 1920s and 1930s many artists were drawn to the enigmatic aspects of found objects and their potential as subjects for the camera. Beginning in 1926, when this photograph was taken, and continuing for more than forty years, Man Ray made a series of images based on a pair of male and female mannequins he dubbed “Mr. and Mrs. Woodman.” This assemblage of an uncannily realistic figurine lounging between a large white cone and sphere would have appealed to Man Ray’s interest in relating art to science and mathematics. The unlikely combination of lifelike mannequin and out-of-scale geometric forms is an ideal Surrealist juxtaposition, of the type his friend Marcel Duchamp described as “the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.”

Inscription

Signed in black ink, lower left "Man Ray - 1926"
Signed in graphite verso of second mount "Man Ray 1926 Paris"

Provenance

1983, sold by Prakapas Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 14, 1983)

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© 2011 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.