Man Ray, American, b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1890–1976

Airbrushed gouache, ink, pencil, and colored pencil on paperboard, 22 x 27 13/16 in. irreg. (55.8 x 70.6 cm irreg.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund and Museum Purchase, 1987

Accession Number: 87.15

E. L. T. Mesens, London and Brussels, by February 1939
Adrien Dubucq, Waterloo, to June 26, 1987 (heir of Mesens)
Sold through John Armbruster II, Paris
The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund and Museum Purchase, 1987

Exhibition History:
DANIEL GALLERY, New York. "Man Ray," 17 November-1 December 1919, no. 8.
LIBRARIE SIX, Paris. "Exposition dada Man Ray," 3-31 December 1921, cat. no. 8.
PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels. "Trois Peintres Surrealistes: Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy," 11-22 December 1937, no. 30.
LONDON GALLERY, England. by February 1939, no. 15.
[ARCADE GALLERY, London? "Surrealist Diversity, 1915-1945," 1945.]
KUNSTHALLE, Berne. 21 October-4 December 1966, ill. no. 112.
TEL AVIV MUSEUM, Israel (Musee de Tel-Aviv), Pavillon H. Rubinstein. "Le Surrealisme," December 1966-January 1967, no. 84.
[EXETER CITY GALLERY, England. "The Enchanted Domain," 1967, cat.]
[MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE BORDEAUX, Bordeaux. "XXIeme Exposition de Mai," 1971, ill. no. 148, p. 86.]
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray," 2 December 1988-20 February 1989, cat. pp. 119, 140, 141, fig. 111, p. 141. TOUR: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, Pennsylvania, 14 October 1989-7 January 1990. (Work did not tour to Los Angeles or Houston.)
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisitions: 1989-1991," 8 October 1991-5 January 1992, unpublished checklist, no. 53.
PHILLIPS COLLECTION, Washington, DC. "Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder," 27 April-25 August 1996.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "New York Dada," 20 November 1996-2 March 1997.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "DADA," 19 February-14 May 2006, no. 289, ill. p. 327. TOUR: CENTRE POMPIDOU, Paris, 5 October 2005-9 January 2006; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 18 June-11 September.
MU.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium. “The Star Alphabet by E.L.T. Mesens: Dada and Surrealism in Brussels, Paris and London,” 6 July-17 November 2013, no. 294, color ill. p. 179, p. 279.

Published References:
[BOSWELL, PEYTON.] "Happenings in the World of Art," New York American (23 November 1919), sec. 6, p. 2.
CORTISSOZ, ROYAL. "The Personal Touch in Painting," New York Tribune (23 November 1919), sec. IV, pp. 11-13.
REPRODUCTION. Broom 1/1 (November 1921), p. 54.
UNSIGNED. "Catalogue of Man Ray Exhibition," London Bulletin, no. 10 (February 1939), p. 3, ill. p. 9 (E.L.T. Messens listed as owner).
JEAN, MARCEL with ARPAD MEZEI. The History of Surrealist Painting, trans. by Simon Watson Taylor (New York: Grove Press, 1960), ill. p. 64.
RAY, MAN. Self-Portrait (New York, 1963; republished New York: Man Ray in his studio c. 1925, ptg. in backgrnd, dated 1925 in this edition, but date 1922 by Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Little Brown and Company, 1988), p. 67.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART. Man Ray (1966), cat. ill. p. 143 (E.L.T. Messens listed as owner).
MUSEUM BOYMANS VAN BEUNINGEN ROTTERDAM. Man Ray (Rotterdam, 1971), p. 16 (painting in photo).
PENROSE, ROLAND. Man Ray (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975), p. 46.
SCHWARTZ, ARTURO. Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination (New York: Rizzoli, 1977), pp. 51, 56, fig. 44 p. 56.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution. "Acquisitions," Calendar (Washington, DC: Fall/Winter 1987), n. p.
BALDWIN, NEIL. Man Ray: An American Artist (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1988), p. 89, ill. p. 85.
RAY, MAN. Self Portrait (Boston: New York Graphic Society through Little, Brown and Co., 1988), ill. p. 121, p. 304.
RICHARD, PAUL. "The Mysteries of the `Motif' Exhibit," Washington Post (2 December 1988), B4.
TURNER, ELIZABETH HUTTON. American Artists in Paris, 1919-1929 (Ann Arbor and London: UMI Research Press, 1988), fig. 62, p. 122.
UNSIGNED. "La Chronique des Arts: Principales acquisitions des Musees en 1987," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, no. 1430 (March 1988), p. 67.
RICHARD, PAUL. "The Display of Daring," Washington Post (15 March 1989), p. B8.
ZILCZER, JUDITH. "From Mechanical Drawing to Mechanized Dance: Man Ray's 'Seguidilla'," Drawing II (March-April 1990), pp. 125-128.
WILSON, JANET. "Heavenly Hodgepodge at the Hirshhorn, Trotting out the ‘Recent Acquisitions'," Washington Post (October 1991), p. B1.
BURCHARD, HANK. "New on Hand at Hirshhorn," Washington Post (15 November 1991), Weekend Section, p. 59.
NAUMANN, FRANCIS M. New York Dada: 1915-23 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994), p. 86.
MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS ANDRE MALRAUX. La Transparence dans l'art du XXe Siècle (Le Havre: 1995), p. 69.
UNSIGNED. "Man Ray: Paintings, Objects, Photographs," Sotheby's Catalogue (London: 1995), p. 21 (painting in photo).
TURNER, ELIZABETH HUTTON. Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder (Washington DC: Phillips Collection, 1996), fig. 62, n.p.
ARNASON, H. H. and M. F. PRATER. History of Modern Art, 4th ed. (NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1998), p. 267.
TURNER, ELIZABETH HUTTON. Georgia O'Keeffe: the poetry of things (Washington DC: Phillips Collection, 1999), p.11.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Dada/Fluxus