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328: MAN RAY - Larmes de Verre (Glass Tears) [variant]

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Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976). "Larmes de Verre (Glass Tears) [variant]". Original vintage photogravure. 1932. Printed 1934. Stamped with the photographer's name, verso. Edition unknown, presumed small. High-grade archival paper. Printed to the edge of the sheet. Fine, quality printing. Very good condition; affixed to mount. Image size: 6 x 8 in. (152 x 203 mm). One of Man Ray's most famous and compelling images. "Judging from his inclusion of this image in other photographic compositions, Man Ray must have considered 'Tears' one of his most successful photographs. Like the emotive expression of a silent screen star in a film still, the woman's plaintive upward glance and mascara-encrusted lashes seem intended to invoke wonder at the cause of her distress. The face, however, belongs not to a real woman but to a fashion mannequin who cries tears of glistening, round glass beads; the effect is to aestheticize the sentiment her tears would normally express. Man Ray made this photograph in Paris around the time of his breakup with his lover Lee Miller, and the woman's false tears may relate to that event in the artist's life." (Courtesy: Getty Museum). See: www.manraytrust.com, pg.27. Image copyright © ADAGP/BNF - Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. [59-1-1600]

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328: MAN RAY - Larmes de Verre (Glass Tears) [variant]

Estimate $2,500 - $3,000Jan 26, 2018