Robert Mallet-Stevens at La Pergola (Primary Title)
Robert Mallet-Stevens (Former Title)

Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976 (Artist)

Works On Paper
Gelatin silver print
Image: 6 7/8 × 6 15/16 in. (17.46 × 17.62 cm)

In 1927 the French modernist architect Robert Mallet-Stevens (1886–1945) designed the municipal casino at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a seaside resort in Southwest France, just a few kilometers from the Spanish border. Known as La Pergola, after its lattice-like structural framework, the reinforced concrete building complex, which also included a hotel with 150 rooms and a swimming pool, opened to international acclaim in the summer of 1928. Man Ray’s portrait of Mallet-Stevens at La Pergola was carefully composed to create a series of visual rhymes between the architect, who wears a French bérêt landais and stands with his hands on his hips, and the sweeping curves and angular geometry of the casino’s entrance rotunda. 

Signed on image recto lower right corner in black ink: "Man/ Ray".
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
Man Ray: The Paris Years, VMFA, October 30, 2021 – February 21, 2022

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