artist: Man Ray
title: Francis Picabia Imitating
Rodin's Statue of Balzac
size: 9 1/2" x 7 1/16"
process: vintage gelatin silver
marks: signed and noted "Paris"
by Man Ray, lower right on mount
Motif: the Art of Man Ray", Smithsonian Institution, National
Museum of American Art, December 2, 1988-January 7, 1990
curator's notes: Timothy Baum
told me that Man Ray, Picabia and a group of surreasilists were
out having a good time. They went back to Man Ray's apartment
and were pretty drunk. Picabia was known as a man with great
appetites of all sorts. So was Balzac. Man Ray convinced Picabia
to take his shirt off and imitate Balzac. The result was this
photograph of Picabia imitating Balzac while at Man Ray's apartment.
This photograph was a must because of the collection's final
study of Balzac and the other photgraphs relating to this great
sculpture. This one had real personality.