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Christie’s : Man Ray and the surréalists : Collection Lucien and Edmonde Treillard


Christie’s is offering a sale dedicated to Man Ray and the surrealists on March 2nd: the collection of Lucien and Edmonde Treillard.

In 1960, Lucien Treillard became Man Ray’s assistant, thus inscribing his name after illustrious predecessors such as Berenice Abbot, Jacques Boiffard, Bill Brandt and Lee Miller. His role, central to the artist’s work, is above all to promote the work of Man Ray. Alongside Janet, the artist’s companion, Lucien Treillard will continue these promotion efforts even after the artist’s death. His mission also led him to organize exhibitions – and, among them, the first monographic exhibitions of Man Ray such as the one at the Photokina in Cologne Germany or the one at the National Library in 1962.

Lucien Treillard gained, in constant contact with the artist, a real expertise in his work which he will exploit between 1976 and 1991, by creating the International Association of Friends and Defenders of the Work of Man Ray. This sale, made up of objects, assemblages, photographs and lithographs from his collection, offers a complete and unique panorama of Man Ray’s creations.

A set of 96 photographs will be unveiled during this sale. These strongly aesthetic works, most of which are contact prints, illustrate the diversity of Man Ray’s work. Images of iconic personalities such as Lee Miller, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau (estimate € 10,000-15,000) or Dora Maar rub shoulders with portraits of many artists such as Dalì and Gala (estimate € 5,000-7,000), Pablo Picasso (estimate € 8,000- 10,000) or even Max Ernst.


Man Ray and the surrealists: Lucien and Edmonde Treillard Collection

March 2 in Paris – 2 p.m.

Exhibition from February 25 to March 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


9 avenue Matignon

75008 Paris


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