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.
Not currently on view
Prayer [La Priere]
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
negative 1930; print 1960
Gelatin silver print
24 × 18.1 cm (9 7/16 × 7 1/8 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
Much of Man Ray's work was motivated by his desire to create a momentary shock in the viewer that would arrest rational thought processes and stimulate fresh ways of seeing. This piece, with its awkward juxtaposition of hands, feet, and buttocks, shocks the viewer in a more conventional sense as well. Man Ray admired the writings of the Marquis de Sade, and this image evokes that author's sexual predilections and strong opposition to clerical influence in secular matters.
Schwarz, Arturo. Man Ray, Carte Varie e Variabili, exh. cat. (Milano: Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, 1983), pl. 188.
Krauss, Rosalind E. and Jane Livingston. L'Amour Fou: Photography and Surrealism (Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art; New York: Abbeville Press, 1985).
Sayag, Alain and Emmanuelle L'Écotais. Man Ray. (Paris: Delpire, 2015), p. 130.