Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky). Le Souffle from the portfolio Electricité. 1931

Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) Le Souffle from the portfolio Electricité 1931

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In 1931, Man Ray was commissioned by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricite (CPDE) to produce a series of pictures promoting the private consumption of electricity. The resulting portfolio, Électricité (Electricity), comprises rayographs reproduced as photogravures. Le Monde (The World), a picture of the moon above an electrical cord, suggests that even celestial bodies rely on the CPDE for their illumination; the photogravure Électricité equates the electric charge of the electron with the erotic beauty of a nude female figure; and Le Souffle (Breeze) combines spinning fan blades with the weblike stimuli of electrical current.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Photogravure, printed 1931
10 1/4 × 7 15/16" (26 × 20.2 cm)
Object number
© 2021 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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