United States of America 1890 – France 1976
Meret Oppenheim's arm in Marcoussis's studio 1933 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Taken from a suite of photographs entitled Érotique-voilée (Veiled-eroticism), Man Ray’s photograph shows his then assistant, fellow-Surrealist Meret Oppenheim, in the print studio of Louis Marcoussis. Oppenheim’s left forearm is stretched out and smeared with the black ink of an etching press, behind a large copper printing-press wheel. The black ink matches the tone of the printing wheel itself and, as if somehow united, we see that one is linked to the other.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra