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Les Voies Lactées
by Man Ray

Available at Sims Reed Gallery (IFPDA)

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Edition Size: From the edition of 100.


Condition: Excellent

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Folio. (412 x 312 mm). [15 bifolia]. Half-title, title and 11 original photographs by Man Ray, each mounted to right-hand side of folded sheet and faced with a printed aphorism, each photograph with Man Ray’s stamp verso (‘MAN RAY / PARIS’), justification with Man Ray’s pencil signature and final leaf with achevé d’imprimer; text printed in white on thick grey paper stock throughout. Loose as issued in grey cloth box by Jean Duval with printed title in white to spin, text and plates loose in original publisher’s thick grey paper wrappers . Man Ray’s ‘Les Voies Lactées’ with the additional photograph as painting on canvas.

From the edition limited to 100 copies, with this one of ‘quelques exemplaires de collaborateurs’ conforming to the édition de tête, signed in pencil by Man Ray, inscribed ‘E. A.’, and with the additional signed ‘toile’.

This édition de tête has an additional signed ‘toile’ by Man Ray, a photograph not included in the book, printed on canvas and signed ‘MR’ at lower right in ink; the stretcher is also inscribed in black ink: ‘man ray E. A. / 1974 “les voies lactées’.’ with his initials. Also inscribed in ink on the back of the wooden stretcher for the canvas “Man Ray E.A. 1974 ‘Les Voies Lactées’.’

The Artist

Man Ray

One of the great visual artists, Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky and came from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ray was interested in art from a young age and regularly visited art museums to study the old masters. Initially he worked in advertising as a commercial artist and a technical illustrator, to pay his way while he worked towards his goal of becoming a painter. He studied at the Ferrer School of Art. He worked in a range of media, including photography and sculpture, and drew inspiration from a range of different influences, such as Cubism and the flat forms and vivid colours of the Dada and Surrealist movements.

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