The J. Paul Getty Museum

Belle Haleine

Object Details

Title:

Belle Haleine

Artist/Maker:

Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Date:

1921

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

85.XM.386.3

Dimensions:

22.4 × 17.8 cm (8 13/16 × 7 in.)

Copyright:

© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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Object Description

Using one of Man Ray's earliest portraits of Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp dressed as a woman) Duchamp made a label that he affixed to an empty perfume bottle to create his 1921 artwork Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette(Beautiful Breath, Veil Water). The image of the perfume bottle appeared on the cover of the sole issue of Man Ray and Duchamp's journal New York Dada, published the winter before Man Ray left for Paris.

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
Gaze: Portraiture after Ingres (October 30, 2009 to April 5, 2010)
  • Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena), October 30, 2009 to April 5, 2010
Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection (July 8 to October 19, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 8 to October 19, 2014
Bibliography
Bibliography

New York Dada (April 1921), cover.

Schwarz, Arturo. Man Ray: The Rigour of Imagination (New York: Rizzoli, 1977), pl. 383.

Janus, ed. Man Ray, The Photographic Image (Woodbury, N.Y.: Barron's, 1980), pl. 15.

Schwarz, Arturo. Man Ray, Carte Varie e Variabili, exh. cat. (Milano: Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, 1983), pl. 383.

Grazioli, Elio. Duchamp oltre la fotografia (Cremona: Johan & Levi Editore, 2017), p. 33.