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Man Ray (Ray, Man; Emmanuel Radensky)

 
Man Ray

19th-20th century American painter and photographer
(1890 - 1976, France)

Man Ray (American painter and photogapher, 1890-1976) Note: Influential and prolific American photographer and painter, he adopted the pseudonym Man Ray around 1909. He was a prominent force of Dada and Surrealism, and the only American to play a significant role in the development of those movements. His visits to Alfred Stieglitz's influential gallery, 291, introduced him to a wide variety of European contemporary artists, such as Picasso, Rodin, and Braque. Like many other artists of his time, he was also greatly influenced by the avant-garde Armory show in New York City in 1913. His paintings from this period show his fascination with the flatness of Modernism and his interest in the patterns of shapes rather than a realistic rendering of subject matter. During his trip to Paris in 1921, Man Ray began to experiment with photography, inventing a version of the photogram he called "rayographs," photographic images composed of ordinary objects placed on photo sensitive paper exposed to light. Together with his muse Lee Miller, he developed the solarization process wich he used in his fashion and nude photography. With the onset of World War II, he lived in California and concentrated on painting and making objects. He returned to Paris in 1951, where he remained until his death. Man Ray was one of the first artists to make photographs seen as important works of art, equal to that of painting and sculpture. Names: Man Ray (preferred) .... named adopted as early as 1909

7 objects

Untitled (seated woman)

1955
graphite on white wove paper
Gift of Isaac Lagnado, Class of 1971
1986.94.90
 

Untitled (dancers)

ca. 1955
graphite on white wove paper
Gift of Isaac Lagnado, Class of 1971
1986.94.91
 

Untitled (figure in landscape)

ca. 1955
graphite on white wove paper
Gift of Isaac Lagnado, Class of 1971
1986.94.92
 

Space Writing (Self-Portrait)

1935
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1987.15
 

Portrait of Virginia Woolf

1934
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1988.8
 

Untitled

1921
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1988.17
 

untitled

1923
oil on board (brush and palette knife)
Museum Purchase, The Markell Family Fund
2011.27