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Le témoin

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Four centuries lie between the eye on the tile and this witness and this calls to mind a statement made by Man Ray in 1948 in 'Some Papers': 'Art is not a science. Art is not an experiment. There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in courtship. There are merely different ways of doing it'.

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Title Le témoin
Material and technique Wood, cardboard, paper, paint, chalk, pencil and adhesive tape
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is travelling
Dimensions Height 15,4 cm
Width 29,8 cm
Depth 29,8 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Man Ray
Accession number BEK 1481 a-b (MK)
Credits Schenking kunstenaar / Donation artist: Man Ray 1971
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1971
Creation date in 1941 (1971)
Age artist About 51 years old
Entitled parties © Man Ray Trust / ADAGP, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2018
Provenance Artist’s collection
Exhibitions Rotterdam/Paris/Humlebaek 1971-72; Paris 1972; Rotterdam 1996a; Drachten 1998; Rotterdam 2013b; Rotterdam 2014b; Rotterdam 2017b
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
A dream collection - Surrealism in Museum Boijmans Van beuningen
Literature Rotterdam/Paris/Humlebaek 1971-72, p. 158, cat. no. 216, fig. p. 96; Schwarz 1977, p. 153, fig. 241; Man Ray/Martin 1983, p. 149, cat. no. 68
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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