The J. Paul Getty Museum

Gertrude Stein

Object Details

Title:

Gertrude Stein

Artist/Maker:

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Date:

1922

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.1000.72

Dimensions:

12.1 × 9.5 cm (4 3/4 × 3 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Object Description

I was greeted with a broad warm smile by Gertrude Stein, massive, in a woolen dress and woolen socks with comfortable sandal. . . . I had brought my camera. . . . Perhaps I was impressed by the staidness of her personality but it never occurred to me to try any fantasy or acrobatics with her physiognomy. . . .

Man Ray thus described his first portrait session with the writer Gertrude Stein in 1921, when he made this image. His portraits of Stein were the first of her to appear in print, providing her readers with some idea of her appearance. He photographed her frequently over the next ten years.

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
Bibliography
Bibliography

Ray, Man. Self-Portrait (London: A. Deutsch, 1963; Boston: Little, Brown, 1963), pp. 179-83.