title: Gertrude Stein &
artist: Man Ray
process: vintage gelatin silver
marks: signed, dated & titled
by Man Ray in pencil on print verso;
also with notation "bon" in Man Ray's hand
provenance: Consignor, Massachusetts
Received in lieu of salary from Il Fauno Galleria, Italy, 1972
(Luciano Anselmino, owner).
Acquired from Man Ray through Arturo Schwartz.
Gertrude Stein wrote to Man Ray "Kindly remember that I
have always refused to sit for anyone who wishes to photograph
me, in order to give you the exclusive rights. Kindly remember
that you have never been asked to give any return for your sale
of my photos. My dear Man Ray, we are all hard up, but don't
be silly about it. Pleasant trip." (Undated).
Man Ray photographs, ©1982 Thames
and Hudson ISBN 0-500-54079-9
In 1906 Picasso worked on my portrait during the whole winter,
he commenced to paint figures in colors that were almost monotone,
still a little rose but mostly an earth color, the lines of the
bodies harder, with a great deal of force there was the beginning
of his own vision. It was like the blue period but much more
felt and less colored and less sentimental. His art commenced
to be much purer.
"Picasso," Gertrude Stein, 1984,
Dover Publications Inc., Mineola, New York
"My portraits of Gertrude Stein were the first to appear
in print, to give her small circle of readers at the time an
idea of how she looked. Perhaps I was impressed by the staidness
of her personality but it never occurred to me to try any fantasy
or acrobatics with her physiognomy." (Man Ray, The Photographic
Image, p. 185)