Man Ray produced his famous photo Violon d’Ingres in 1924. The image shows the bare back Kiki de Montparnasse, a French actor, actress and disco who was hot on the cultural map of Paris in the 1920s.
On her back are painted sound holes of a violin, giving the image a sexual hue, which examines the male looking raptor wants to play the woman as an instrument.
In Ray’s instruction, the actress posed as the woman in the painting of Jean Auguste Ingres Baptiste, the bather Valpinçon. Ray was an admirer of Ingres, and perhaps intended to make several references to the image.
First, he suggested the informality of French expression hobby, that is a hidden talent or a quality in a person. Ingres, besides being a painter, was a violinist.
When I met Ray Violon d’Ingres in 2004, it was obvious that Ray’s interest was not only in photography, but conceptual art that uses photography as a decorative element to make his form fluid.
In addition to being a forerunner in Dada and Surrealist movements, Ray also transformed the way people interact with photographs.
The legendary works photographer are now on display for the first time in Tarq India in Mumbai in an exhibition titled Vistas of Spirit.
The exhibition, presented in collaboration with Mondo Galería (Madrid) and Matthieu Foss presents a visual calendar of Ray’s exciting career, including Violon d’Ingres.
“We have the fantastic opportunity to present this show in a gallery context,” said Foss, co founder and director of the FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai.
“Most emblematic artists of the 20th century presented exhibitions in India require support and / or business with the government to cover shipping, insurance and provide the ideal conditions for climate control.
For this reason, there may be no chance for Man Ray’s work to be shown in India so far. “The views of the Spirit are almost the same works that are shown in an exhibition in Madrid in 2014 and later in Peru and Ibiza.
Among the works exhibited in Mumbai will be Ray Ray’s well-known surrealistic portraits. Ray was close to the painter Marcel Duchamp, who greatly influenced the photographer and worked with him.
Through Duchamp, Ray met with surrealists, thinkers and cultural trainers in Paris, including Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali.
It was also in Paris that Ray met Kiki, where his experiences using the outline of his body to represent other abstractions led him to invent rayographs.
At the Tarq exhibition the rayographs were made by placing three-dimensional objects on photographic paper and exposing them to direct sunlight – all without the use of a camera.
Perhaps Ray was anxious to remove the idea that the camera was a nostalgic tool. Born to Russian Jewish immigrants in Philadelphia, United States, who had once proclaimed,
“I want to forget the past”, while claiming that his artistic personality would be separated from his line. He never attended his parents’ funerals.