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Man Ray

(Philadelphia, 1890 - Paris, 1978)

Pandora, 1950

Pen and Indian ink and pencil on paper
Signed with pencil lower right Man Ray
Located and dated with pencil, lower right Hollywood 1950
Titled with Indian ink lower right Pandora
40,7 x 30,3 cm

Provenance :

- Collection Lucia and Gerard Bouchetal, France

Exhibitions :

- Man Ray 360° de libertés, Trianon de Bagatelle, Paris, 31th March - 5th June 1989

- Rétrospective Man Ray 1912-1976, Musée d’Art Moderne et d‘Art Contemporain (M.A.M.A.C.), Nice, 22nd February - 9th June 1997

Literature :

- Man Ray 360° de libertés by Carla Arigoni, catalogue of the exhibition of the Trianon de Bagatelle, Ed. Association des amis du parc et du château de Bagatelle, Paris, 1989, mentionned page 130

- Rétrospective Man Ray 1912-1976 by Daniela Palazzoli and Gilbert Perlein, catalogue of the exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (M.A.M.A.C.), 1997, described page 332 and reproduced page 244



Pandora, Ava Gardner, 1950           Ava Gardner and Man Ray

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a film of Albert Lewin 1951 with leading roles in Ava Gardner and James Mason. Pandora is a mythical film, a masterpiece of cinema, almost dreamlike aesthetic. Albert Lewin was an esthete and lover of the arts of painting. Although the scenes were often nocturnal, the picture is beautiful with a harmonious and measured use of Technicolor. The story is just as beautiful, it is love that transcends time. The script, quite literary, written by Lewin himself was inspired by the myth of the Flying Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas for eternity, and the myth of Pandora. Ava Gardner is a breathtaking beauty of infinite elegance in her every move ; her voice is of an incomparable softness. True goddess personified, it helps, like the placid acting of the enigmatic James Mason, to give a mythological dimension to the film. Pandora is a beautiful film, elegant, captivating, shot in Spain in Tossa del Mar.

Man Ray, who was a friend of Albert Lewin, realized some sets for Pandora. He created particular chess pieces and several paintings seen in the film.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, by Albert Lewin -  photo from the film with the chess game by Man Ray.

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