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
Mathematical Object, Equation, Poincare Inst., Paris.
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
23.2 × 29.5 cm (9 1/8 × 11 5/8 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
According to Man Ray, artist Max Ernst brought to his attention a group of three-dimensional models at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. The forms, made of metal, wire, plaster, and wood and meant to illustrate algebraic equations, made a great impression on Man Ray, and he decided to photograph them.
"The formulas accompanying them meant nothing to me, but the forms themselves were as varied and authentic as any in nature. The fact that they were man-made were of added importance to me," wrote Man Ray of these objects, which he used as points of departure for a series of twenty paintings that he made in Los Angeles.
Pech, Jürgen, Achim Sommer, and Patrick Blümel. Man Ray: Fotograf Im Paris Der Surrealisten. (Brühl: Max Ernst Museum des LVR, 2013), p. 142.