Man Ray (1890 - 1976)

Lot 318: Man Ray's self-proclaimed high point of his Surrealist production

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 13, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: RAY, Man (American 1890 - 1976). Le Beau Temps [Fair Weather], 1939/1973. Lithograph in colours on Arches, inscribed 'EA' (lower left) and signed with initials 'MR' (lower right); framed behind glass. Esp. lower right margin sl. stained, lithograph in good condition. Artist's proof aside from the edition of 110.
Dimensions: Image size 68 x 65 cm., frame size 90 x 76 cm.
Artist or Maker: RAY, Man (American 1890 - 1976).
Literature: Anselmino 1
The painting 'Le Beau Temps' of 1939 is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 'Man Ray described Fair Weather as the high point of his Surrealist production. Its vignettes derive from nightmares of barren trees growing in the artist’s yard, of mythical beasts fighting on his roof, and of an affair between his maid and carpenter. Other elements—such as the pool table and the mathematics book—refer to his earlier works. The mannequin in harlequin costume may be a kind of self-portrait. Completed just before the outbreak of World War II, Fair Weather is also an anxious and ironic premonition of the impending international conflict. The bombarded stone wall and the puddle of blood are immediately legible as consequences of violence' (from the website of the museum
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