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Observatory Time - The Lovers (Photograph)

Observatory Time - The Lovers (Photograph), 1936 — Man Ray

Observatory Time - The Lovers (Photograph) is a Surrealist, Photography Photographic Print created by Man Ray in 1936. It lives in a private collection. The image is tagged The Nude in Art, and Kiki of Montparnasse. Source

One of Man Ray's most memorable paintings, Observatory Time, is featured in this black-and-white photograph, along with a nude. It includes a depiction of the lips of his departed lover, Lee Miller, floating in the sky above the Paris Observatory. In the photograph, the nude is lying on her side on a sofa underneath the painting, with a chessboard at her feet. Observatory Time hints at what the woman might be dreaming: a nightmare or an erotic fantasy. The lips in the picture were an inspiration for the logo of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and many other pop culture iconic images. The chessboard appears in many of the artist's works - Duchamp, Picabia and Man Ray all loved playing chess. And Man Ray considered a grid of squares, "the basis for all art... it helps you to understand the structure, to master a sense of order." He also made chess set designs and photographs of chessboards, pieces and players.

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