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Photogravure - Eléctricité

Eléctricité

  • Object:

    Photogravure

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1931 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Man Ray, born 1890 - died 1976 (maker)
    Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution de l'Eléctricité (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photogravure

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    E.1653-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 970, box B

Physical description

Black and white photogravure; image of a female torso (Lee Miller) with photograms of ribbons representing electric current.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1931 (made)

Artist/maker

Man Ray, born 1890 - died 1976 (maker)
Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution de l'Eléctricité (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Photogravure

Dimensions

Length: 32.7 cm sheet, Width: 26 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by Man Ray, 'Electricite' (image of torso of Lee Miller with photograms of ribbons representing electric current) from the 'Electricite' portfolio, published by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution de l'Electricite, Paris, 1931.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dawn Ades, ed. ceci est la couleur de mes rêves Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2011. ISBN: 9781895442878.

Labels and date

Gallery 100, 2016-17:

Man Ray (1890–1976)
From the portfolio ‘Eléctricité’
1931

The avant-garde photographer Man Ray devised a type of photogram he called the ‘Rayograph’. He used the technique to striking effect when commissioned by the Paris Electricity Company to create images promoting the uses of electricity. This sensual example features the torso of his partner, model and photographer Lee Miller, crossed by ribbons, perhaps to represent currents of desire.

Photogravure
Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund
and the Friends of the V&A
Museum no. E.1653-2001 []
The Paris electricity company commisioned these images by Man Ray. At the time he was a successful fashion and portrait photographer, though he is better remembered for his Surrealist work. To explore the theme of electricity he captured subjects including neon lighting and domestic implements, as well as a torso crossed by ribbons representing currents of desire. [20/11/2012]
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2012-2013, label texts :

Man Ray (1890 – 1976)
From the portfolio ‘Electricité’
1931
The Paris electricity company commissioned these
images by Man Ray. At the time he was a successful
fashion and portrait photographer. To explore the
theme of electricity he captured subjects including
neon lighting and domestic implements, as well
as a torso crossed by ribbons representing currents
of desire.

Photogravures
Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund
and the Friends of the V&A
Museum nos. E.1646, 1648, 1651, 1653-2001
[11 03 2014]

Production Note

From the 'Eléctricité' portfolio.

Materials

Material

Techniques

Photogravure

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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