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Cuisine (Kitchen): From the Portfolio Electricité
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© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

Man Ray
American, Paris, 1931
Photogravure

7 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.
84.XM.1000.5

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In 1931 the Paris electric company CPDE commissioned Man Ray to produce a series of images promoting the personal uses of electricity. The resulting portfolio, Électricité , included pictures of the uses of electricity in each room of a house, as in Cuisine (Kitchen). The whimsical print lent a familiarity and friendliness to the mysterious power marketed by CPDE.

The Électricité portfolio included ten Rayographs reproduced as photogravures. The company released it in an edition of five hundred for distribution to top CPDE executives and special customers.