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Eléctricité

Photogravure
1931 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Photogravure
Brief Description
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.
Physical Description
Black and white photogravure; image of a female torso (Lee Miller) with photograms of ribbons representing electric current.
Dimensions
  • Sheet length: 32.7cm
  • Sheet width: 26cm
Styles
Copy Number
155/500
Gallery Label
  • 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)
Credit line
Purchased with Art Fund support and the Friends of the V&A
Production
From the 'Eléctricité' portfolio.
Bibliographic Reference
Dawn Ades, ed. ceci est la couleur de mes rêves Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2011. ISBN: 9781895442878.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1653-2001

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record createdAugust 7, 2002
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