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This portrait of the pioneering French gallery owner Jeanne Bucher (1872–1946) dates to 1937, the same year that she gave the artist an exhibition of his drawings and published sixty-six of them in Les Mains Libres (Free Hands). This book was a collaboration between Man Ray and his Surrealist colleague Paul Éluard, who wrote individual poems to accompany each drawing. Man Ray repaid Bucher’s belief in his abilities as a draftsman by creating this memorable image of the indomitable art dealer, who opened her gallery in Paris in 1925. Standing straight, with arms folded and a determined look in her eyes, Bucher’s portrait confirms her reputation as a resolute champion of modern art.
Possible signature of Jeanne Bucher (sitter of the portrait) in graphite on print verso: "Jeanne Bucher".
Photographer's studio stamp in black ink on print verso: "Man Ray- 8 Rue/ Du Val-De-Grace/ Paris 5° - France/ Danton 92-25". (M#9- check Text Entry notes for stamp details)
Inscription in graphite on print verso: "2"/ "2".
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
Man Ray: The Paris Years, VMFA, October 30, 2021 – February 21, 2022
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