MAN RAY

Électricité

Stock Code
100315
Électricité

1931
£40,000
lectricit is among the most acclaimed works by Man Ray a dynamic assemblage of ten rayographs that the artist made as a commission for a private power company that desired to promote the domestic consumption of electricity. At the time, most homes in France relied on natural gas, wood, or coal for lighting, cooking, and heating. Man Ray used electrical appliances light bulbs, a toaster, an iron, a fan and electric light to cast the objects' shadows on photographic paper. Then he added wavy trails of power cords and heating coils symbolic traces of the unseen effect of electric current. He also included in five images his own photographs female nudes and other pictures he may have appropriated a roasted chicken, nighttime signage, the moon .
In lectricit , Man Ray demonstrated how electricity essentially an invisible force could be a subject and also a modern medium and how it
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10 photogravures, 1931, after Rayographs, each singed to paper, each signed (in the negative), Paris: Commissioned by La Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricité, each image 26x20.6cm. or inverse, each paper mount 37.4x27.6cm.
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