Le violon d'Ingres  

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Ingres's Violin[1] (French: Le violon d'Ingres) is a 1924 gelatin silver print photograph by Man Ray portraying Alice Prin (aka Kiki de Montparnasse) in the pose of The Valpinçon Bather, a painting by French artist Ingres. Man Ray photographically superimposed sound holes, or f holes, onto the photograph of the back of a female nude, making the woman's body resemble that of a violin.

It was Ingres's well-known passion for playing the violin which gave to the French language a colloquialism, "violon d'Ingres", meaning a second skill beyond the one by which a person is mainly known.

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