Letter from Man Ray to Julian Edwin Levi, June 261929 by Man Ray


Some are landmarks not only of art history but of all history — shortly before the stock market crash of 1929, surrealist icon Man Ray is sitting in an American bar in Paris, sketching a self-portrait in a lyrical letter to his friend Julian Edwin Levi:

The blue light is creeping over Blvd. Montparnasse and the sparrows are chirping in the trees waiting for a windfall.

Letter from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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