Artist's description:

As tribute to one of Man Ray's earlier work Violin D'Ingress, here is Pepper D'Ingres. This 8.5 X 10 is the approximate dimensions as Ray's original work; however, I've substituted a pepper in this photograph. The "F" holes were captured from my father's violin and is the only manipulation in this photograph.

Man Ray was an admirer of the paintings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and made a series of photographs, inspired by Ingres's languorous nudes, of the model Kiki in a turban. Painting the f-holes of a stringed instrument onto the photographic print and then rephotographing the print, Man Ray altered what was originally a classical nude. He also added the title Le Violon d'Ingres, a French idiom that means "hobby." The transformation of Kiki's body into a musical instrument with the crude addition of a few brushstrokes makes this a humorous image, but her armless form is also disturbing to contemplate. The title seems to suggest that, while playing the violin was Ingres's hobby, toying with Kiki was a pastime of Man Ray. The picture maintains a tension between objectification and appreciation of the female form.

The Sepia toned photo will be shipped to you in a box and protected within two sheets of foam core board. It is signed, dated and numbered on the back.

Materials used:

Archival, matte photo paper

Pepper D'Ingress (2015)

$129

  • Manipulated photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 50
  • Size: 11 × 13 × 0.1 in (unframed) / 8.5 × 10 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back
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