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Man Ray American

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A masterpiece of modern photography, this nude study explicitly evokes Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and the early nineteenth-century French tradition of the odalisque. Until recently, the model was believed to be Kiki de Montparnasse, the cabaret singer and artist’s model. The subject’s identity now remains a tantalizing question. Lounging on a daybed, the anonymous figure wears a black lace bodysuit and radiates pleasure like a quiescent python.

[Nude], Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris), Gelatin silver print

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