The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Broken chair with stump and ballet shoes]

Object Details

Title:

[Broken chair with stump and ballet shoes]

Artist/Maker:

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Date:

1942

Medium:

Solarized gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.1000.16

Dimensions:

34.3 × 26.2 cm (13 1/2 × 10 5/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Object Description

Created for the June 1943 cover of the New York journal View, this composition of disparate elements encourages the viewer to invent his own narrative. A foreboding quality, created with shadows, solarization, and the inexplicable juxtaposition of abandoned satin dance shoes and a broken chair under a gnarled tree stump, pervades the picture.

Provenance
Provenance
before 1973

Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976, sold to Arnold Crane, before 1973.

before 1973 - 1984

Arnold Crane, American, 1932 - 2014, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray (October 27, 1998 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 27, 1998 to January 17, 1999
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), April 2 to June 25, 2000
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), July 13 to October 8, 2000