March 20, 2023


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Bonhams Surrealist sale in Paris

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Paris – La Révolution Surréaliste sale at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr on 29 March 2023 in Paris will supply a big selection of European work and artistic endeavors from the surrealist motion. Among the many highlights are pictures by Man Ray from the Assortment of Jacqueline Barsotti-Goddard, showcasing his distinctive experimental images abilities and approach. Utterly contemporary to the market and beforehand unseen in public, the gathering was gifted by Man Ray to Jacqueline over the course of a few years in recognition of their lengthy friendship and artistic collaborations.

Man Ray (1890-1976), an American visible artist who lived primarily in Paris, was one of many first exponents of Dada in New York within the 1910s. Dadaism’s eccentricity and irrationality gave method to Surrealism’s fantasy and incongruity not lengthy after he arrived in Paris in 1921. Man Ray carved out a spot for himself within the Surrealist group by his ingenious use of the photographic medium, giving the motion a particular visible identification that was deeply rooted in literary and psychoanalytic philosophy. Labeled as “the poet who writes with mild”, he has “the pinnacle of a magic lantern”, in keeping with André Breton – whose portrait, a solarised gelatin silver print, is featured within the forthcoming public sale (estimate: €10,000-15,000).

Man Ray, Untitled (André Breton), circa 1929. Estimate: €10,000-15,000. Picture: Bonhams

Man Ray performed with the photographic medium and photographed his muse Jacqueline Goddard many occasions. A few of these portraits are a part of the Parisian sale resembling an early Nineteen Thirties work, Portrait of Jacqueline (estimate: €8,000-12,000) or a Portrait of Lee Miller, his former mistress, a solarised gelatin silver contact print, can be provided on the market with an estimate of €7,000-10,000.

Hannah Noel-Smith, Head of UK & Europe Impressionist & Trendy Artwork, commented: “We’re delighted to offer this group of works from Jacqueline’s private assortment. Utterly contemporary to the market and beforehand unseen in public, the gathering was gifted by Man Ray to Jacqueline over the course of a few years in recognition of their lengthy friendship and artistic collaborations.”

Born to a French mom and an Italian father, Jacqueline Goddard, born Barsotti (1911-2003), arrived in Montparnasse on the age of 17. She frequented La Coupole and different Parisian venues of the modern artists. She turned a detailed good friend of Man Ray and his former mistress Kiki de Montparnasse and met artists resembling Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse, and writers together with Georges Simenon – who used Jacqueline as a personality in one in every of his novels, (and whom she notably disliked). Jacqueline had a distinctively fashionable look, with a Grecian profile, lengthy neck and cropped, tousled hair. As her magnificence was legendary in Montparnasse, she turned a favoured artist’s mannequin in Paris in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. Generally known as the ‘Muse of Muses’, she labored carefully with Léonard Foujita, André Derain, Moïse Kisling, Picasso, Matisse, and Giacometti.

Jacqueline was one of many key feminine figures of the École de Paris and rising Surrealist motion, having fun with mutually artistic partnerships with the artists that she modelled for. Certainly one of Jacqueline’s most efficient partnerships was with the American artist, Man Ray. They met on the finish of the Nineteen Twenties when Man Ray requested Jacqueline to star because the heroine of a brief movie he was producing. Jacqueline would go on to turn out to be one in every of his most well-liked topics and is immortalised in a lot of his most well-known pictures. In a single occasion, Jacqueline was the one who truly pressed the button of the digital camera for Man Ray’s iconic Suicide self-portrait of 1932. In a dedication to Jacqueline a few years later, Man Ray wrote the next:

“To essentially the most stunning lady I’ve ever photographed.
Not true and never flattering to the others,
To the one one I didn’t sleep with.
Too compromising for the others who could have performed so.
To essentially the most inspiring one?
A praise for me, however an ideal approach of being impolite to others.
You learn this then, With all my love.” Man Ray

Man Ray couldn’t be glad with a single profession, he was a hybrid artist. “In no matter kind it’s lastly offered, by a drawing, by a portray, by {a photograph}, or by the thing itself in its unique materials and in its unique dimensions, it’s designed to amuse, bewilder, annoy or to encourage reflection, however to not arouse admiration for any technical excellence normally looked for in artistic endeavors” stated Man Ray in 1944.

Along with Man Ray’s pictures from the gathering of Jacqueline Barsotti-Goddard, the La Révolution Surréaliste sale will showcase etchings, drawings, and work by Man Ray, resembling 

La bonne route, an oil on canvas laid on Masonite painted in 1953 by the artist (estimate: €8,000-12,000). Different highlights embrace Ache peint, an exhibition catalogue from 1973 with an estimate of €2,500-3,500 and Les mains libres, first version, restricted to 650 copies, presentation copy inscribed by the artist from 1937 by Man Ray and Paul Eluard, with an estimate of €2,000-3,000.

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