The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Portrait of Space]

Object Details

Title:

[Portrait of Space]

Artist/Maker:

Lee Miller (American, 1907 - 1977)

Culture:

American

Place:

Siwa, Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

1937

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XP.926.7

Dimensions:

37 × 26.2 cm (14 9/16 × 10 5/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Lee Miller Archive 2002

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Object Description

During her three-year marriage to a wealthy Egyptian, Lee Miller lived in Cairo, where she explored new directions in her photography. Prior to living in Egypt, Miller's images were largely limited to fashion and advertising subjects. Once in Cairo, however, she concentrated on still lifes and the landscape. This image of a desert landscape seen through the torn screen of a tent embodies Surrealist impulses Miller acquired early in her career, while working with Man Ray. The view contrasts interior and exterior worlds much as the Surrealists contrasted the worlds of the unconscious and the conscious.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Surrealist Muse: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and Man Ray (February 25 to June 15, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 25 to June 15, 2003
Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (July 14 to October 14, 2012)
  • The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, July 14 to October 14, 2012
Bibliography
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J./ Abbott, Brett / Henry, Lisa / Tavasci, Ana. Surrealist Muse: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose, and Man Ray, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 6.