Man Ray, ‘Au Cabaret du Ciel’, 1927, Phillips

Signature: Titled, dated, annotated 'Arp, Aragon, Coppen [sic], Sadoul, Goemans, Breton, Unik, Tanguy, Crevel, Mégret' in pencil and '8 rue du Val-de-Grace' credit stamp on the verso.

Thames & Hudson, Man Ray Photographs, pl. 20 there titled and dated Le Paradis, 1929

Calmels Cohen, Paris, André Breton - 42, rue Fontaine: Photographies, 16 April 2003, lot 5268
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, The Arc of Photography: A Private East Coast Collection, 4 October 2011, lot 230

About Man Ray

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, Man Ray adopted his pseudonym in 1909 and would become one of the key figures of Dada and Surrealism. One of the few American artists associated with these movements, Ray was exposed to European avant-garde artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque at Alfred Stieglitz’s New York gallery and at the 1913 Armory Show. Ray’s photographic works are considered his most profound achievement, particularly his portraits, fashion photographs, and technical experiments with the medium, such as solarization and rayographs (an eponym for his photograms), which were celebrated by the Surrealists. “I do not photograph nature,” he once said. “I photograph my visions.” In 1915 he was introduced to Marcel Duchamp, who would become a lifelong friend and influence; he subsequently moved to Paris, practicing there for over 20 years.

American, 1890-1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania