MAN RAY, Meret Oppenheim's arm in Marcoussis's studio Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1890 – France 1976

Meret Oppenheim's arm in Marcoussis's studio 1933 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Stamp, verso, l.r., "MAN RAY - 8 RUE / DU VAL-DE-GRACE / PARIS 5e - FRANCE / DANTON 92-25".
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed, verso, pencil, "5. / MR 23".
Dimensions: printed image 17.2 h x 12.6 w cm sheet 17.2 h x 12.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.2438

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