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9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in (23.5 x 17.1 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Feb 7, 2008, #2135, Lot 133)
With Man Ray's signature and date, in pencil, on recto; with the original exhibition label on the back of the frame.
The artist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) burst onto the surrealist scene with her "Le Dejeuner en Fourrure," the fur-covered teacup, saucer, and spoon she made in 1936. Man Ray''s photographic studies of Oppenheim were popular images during the 1930s. They represented both the artist''s aesthetic exploration of the female nude as well as Oppenheim''s belief in the personal freedom women must demand. Later on, during the feminist era, Oppenheim made the famous statement, "Nobody will give you the freedom, you have to take it."