Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Jewellery and Fine Wine

Live Virtual Auction, 8 - 11 November 2020

Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art Part I

Sold for

ZAR 56 900
Lot 776
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
  • Man Ray; Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 56 900

About this Item

American 1890-1976
Les Larmes (The Tears), c.1932
stamped with the Griffelkunst-Vereinigung and ADAGP stamps on the reverse
gelatin silver print
sheet size: 23,5 by 20,5cm, unframed


Published by Griffelkunst-Vereinigung, Hamburg, 1991.

'Looking almost like a film still, this cropped photograph demonstrates Man Ray's interest in cinematic narrative. The model's eyes and mascara-coated lashes are looking upward, invoking the viewers to wonder where she's looking and what is the source of her distress. The piece was created soon after the artist's break-up with his assistant and lover, Lee Miller. Ray created multiple works in an attempt to 'break her up' as revenge on a lover who left him. The model is in fact not a real woman but a fashion mannequin with glass bead tears on the cheeks. Here, again, Man Ray is exploring his interest in the real and unreal by challenging the meaning of still-life photography.'1

1. Man Ray, 'Paintings, Photography and Bio',

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