Gelatin silver print
Image: 8.8 x 6.2 cm (3 7/16 x 2 7/16 in.); Paper: 9 x 6.2 cm (3 9/16 x 2 7/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.92
© 2013 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
This photograph was the final purchase made by David Raymond for his collection. He had long hunted for the right portrait of Lee Miller, the American fashion model and photographer, who was "probably my biggest art crush." Its creator, Man Ray, was an American who moved to Paris in 1921 and immediately became a key figure in the avantgarde art scene and a successful fashion and portrait photographer. Miller went to Europe in 1929 to study art, became his assistant, and learned photography from him. She also became his lover, model, and muse, and soon, a successful photographer in her own right. In 1932 she returned to America, leaving him in Paris.
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