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[Marcel Proust on His Death Bed]

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 15.7 x 21.9 cm (6 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.) Mount: 27.2 x 31.6 cm (10 11/16 x 12 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.183
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
At the urging of his friend Jean Cocteau, Man Ray rushed to photograph the author of Remembrance of Things Past on his deathbed. In the October/November issue of Les Nouvelles Littéraires, Cocteau wrote:
Those who have seen this profile of calm, of order, of plenitude, will never forget the spectacle of an unbelievable recording device come to a stop, becoming an art object: a masterpiece of repose next to a heap of notebooks where our friend's genius continues to live on like the wristwatch of a dead soldier.
This print initially belonged to Madame Robert Proust, the writer's sister-in-law.
Inscription: inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BR: "44 MAN RAY, PROUST, M22"; Inscribed in pencil on print, verso TL: "provient du collectionneur Guerin // qui l'avait obtenue de Madame // Robert Proust, belle soeur de // Marcel Proust.// cf. Autoportrait p. 164"; Stamped in red ink on print, verso C : "MAN RAY // 31, bis, Rue // Campagne // Première // PARIS"; stamped in purple ink on print, verso C: "REPRODUCTION INTERDITE";
Mme. Robert Proust (sister-in-law of Marcel Proust); Marcel Guerin Collection, Paris; Texbraun Estate; [Oberfot Anstalt, Liechtenstein]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, September 14, 1988

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Times: Photography Between the Two World Wars," June 9, 1998–October 4, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "As It Happened: Photographs from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 7, 2002–August 25, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

Heilbrun, Françoise, and Musée d'Orsay. Musée d'Orsay : chefs-d'œuvre de la collection photographique. RMN ed. Paris, 1986. p. 176.



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