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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: Le Voyeur
Le Voyeur

Le Voyeur
Man Ray
wooden cigar box with inserted door lens
6 1/8 x 6 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. (15.4 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Juliet Man Ray


Learn about Man Ray's assemblages 4.7MB

“Everything I do is done in the spirit of pleasure.” Man Ray, Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966

Man Ray loved expressing humor in his work and often hinted at erotic imagery through his assemblages of everyday objects. In Le Voyeur the title immediately conjures up the idea of secretly watching something illicit, but when we look into the lens, all we can see is the back of a cigar box.

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