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
Marcel Proust on his Deathbed
Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)
November 20, 1922
Gelatin silver print
15.1 × 19.8 cm (5 15/16 × 7 13/16 in.)
© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP
Ravaged by bronchitis and pneumonia, Marcel Proust spent the last night of his life dictating
Man Ray did not know Proust, but he had become such an important photographer that mutual friends dispatched him to the celebrated French author's bedside to make a final portrait two days after his death. The side view associates Man Ray's photograph with a tradition of postmortem photography dating back to the inception of the medium.