Ingre's Violin

Le Violon d'Ingres


Artist:

Completion Date: 1924

Style: Dada

Genre: photo

Gallery: Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

Tags: Kiki-de-Montparnasse

Inspired by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's La Grande Baigneuse, Ray used Kiki de Montparnasse wearing a turban as a model for this piece. He transformed the female body into a musical instrument by painting sound-holes on her back, playing with the idea of objectification of an animate body. Throughout his career Man Ray was fascinated with juxtaposing an object with a female body.
Ingres's works were admired by many surrealist artists, including Ray, for his representation of distorted female figures. Ingres's well-known passion for the violin created the colloquialism in French, 'violon d'Ingres', meaning a hobby. Many describe Le Violon d'Ingres as a visual pun, depicting his muse, Kiki, as Ray's 'violon d'Ingres.'
This image is one of many of Man Ray's photographs that have gone on to have a rich afterlife in popular culture. F-holes have become a popular tattoo design amongst musicians, and fashion designers like Viktor and Rolf referenced the image to create their spring 2008 collection.

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References
http://www.theartstory.org/artist-ray-man.htm
http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/jean-auguste-dominique-ingres/the-bather-of-valpin%C3%A7on

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