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Man Ray

American, 1890-1976

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, Man Ray was a famous American filmmaker, painter and photographer. His career is distinctive, above all, for the success he achieved in both the United States and Europe. First maturing at the center of American modernism in the 1910s, he made Paris his home in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1940s, he crossed the Atlantic once again and spent periods in New York and Hollywood. 

Ray’s art spanned painting, sculpture, film, prints and poetry, and in his long career, he worked in styles influenced by Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism. He also successfully navigated the worlds of commercial and fine art and came to be a sought-after fashion photographer. Ray is perhaps most remembered for his photographs of the inter-war years, in particular, the camera-less pictures he called "Rayographs," but he always regarded himself first and foremost as a painter. Although he matured as an abstract painter, Ray eventually disregarded the traditional superiority painting held over photography and happily moved between different forms. Dada and Surrealism were important in encouraging this attitude; they also persuaded him that the idea that motivates a work of art was more important than the work of art itself. 

André Breton once described Ray as a pre-Surrealist, something which accurately describes his natural affinity for the style. Even before the movement had coalesced, in the mid-1920s, his work, influenced by Marcel Duchamp, had Surrealist undertones. He would continue to draw on the movement's ideas throughout his life. Ray's work has ultimately been very important in popularizing Surrealism.

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Man Ray 'Le Mannequin' aquatint engraving - 1975
By Man Ray
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Man Ray 'Le Mannequin' Aquatint/Engraving 1975 Edition: From the rare limited edition of 150 Size: 50x35 CM. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Published by Cleto Polcina E...
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1970s Contemporary Man Ray

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Engraving, Aquatint, Etching

Man Ray, 'Costume De Bal' Aquatint Engraving - 1975
By Man Ray
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Man Ray 'Costume de Bal' Aquatint/Engraving 1975 Edition: From the rare limited edition of 150 Size: 50x35 CM Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist Published by Cleto Polcina E...
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1970s Contemporary Man Ray

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Engraving, Aquatint, Etching

Man Ray, 'Costume De Bal' Aquatint Engraving - 1975
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H 19.69 in W 13.78 in D 0.4 in
Alexandre Lolas Exhibition Poster. Made in Italy
By Man Ray
Located in Clinton Township, MI
Poster. Made in Italy. Measures 32.75 x 19 inches and is unframed. The piece is in Good/Fair Condition-significant fading/discoloration primarily on the top portion of the print-cons...
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Late 20th Century Man Ray

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Lithograph

Marchand des Couleurs - Lithograph by Man Ray - 1974
By Man Ray
Located in Roma, IT
Marchand des couleurs is a contemporary artwork realized in 1974 by Man Ray Mixed colored lithograph on wove paper. Printed by Atelier Desjobert, Paris. Signed and numbered 56/99 a...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Man Ray, Juliet - 1932/1991, Silver Gelatin Print, Dada, Surrealist, Modern Art
By Man Ray
Located in Hamburg, DE
Man Ray (1890-1976) Juliet, 1945/1991 Medium: Silver Gelatin Print (posthumous print) Dimensions: 30.5 x 24 cm Stamped: "Copie d'une épreuve originale - ADAGP Man Ray Trust" Conditio...
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20th Century Modern Man Ray

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Silver Gelatin

1966 original exhibition poster by Man Ray at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
By Man Ray
Located in PARIS, FR
The 1966 original exhibition poster by Man Ray for "À l'heure de l'observatoire – les amoureux" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a captivating piece of art history....
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1960s Surrealist Man Ray

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Paper, Lithograph

Man Ray -- Femmes #10, 1930S
By Man Ray
Located in BRUCE, ACT
Man Ray Femmes # 10, 1930S Gelatin silver print, printed in 1981 by Paolo Vandrasch with the supervision of Juliette Man Ray Photo size 30 x 22 cm Frame size 51.3 x 41.2 x 2.5 cm Edition 17 of 35 Caption label signed in black ink by Paolo Vandrasch and Juliette Man Ray on the verso Framed This beautiful female portraits by Man Ray have an interesting story to tell. The printing technique - the so-called pseudosolarisation – is obtained by illuminating the paper for a fraction of time during the development phase, which gives the faces a mysterious and intriguing quality. This image was made in 1981 under the direction of his wife Juliet from the original negatives in an operation involving three other important Milanese figures: the photographer Mario Carrieri...
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1930s Man Ray

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Silver Gelatin

Man Ray -- Femmes #9, 1930S
By Man Ray
Located in BRUCE, ACT
Man Ray Femmes # 9, 1930S Gelatin silver print, printed in 1981 by Paolo Vandrasch with the supervision of Juliette Man Ray Photo size 30 x 22 cm Frame size 51.3 x 41.2 x 2.5 cm Edition 17 of 35 Caption label signed in black ink by Paolo Vandrasch and Juliette Man Ray on the verso Framed This beautiful female portraits by Man Ray have an interesting story to tell. The printing technique - the so-called pseudosolarisation – is obtained by illuminating the paper for a fraction of time during the development phase, which gives the faces a mysterious and intriguing quality. This image was made in 1981 under the direction of his wife Juliet from the original negatives in an operation involving three other important Milanese figures: the photographer Mario Carrieri...
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1930s Man Ray

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Silver Gelatin

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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Man Ray created paintings, collages and films, but he is best known for photography. While working in his darkroom, he discovered that by moving objects around on photosensitive paper he could create unique images dubbed rayographs or photograms. Find a collection of Man Ray art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Man Ray, an American photographer, painter and filmmaker, was known for his revolutionary experimentation with photography, including making “cameraless” pictures by placing objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing the paper to light. Ray called these photographs “rayographs.” On 1stDibs, Shop a collection of authentic Man Ray photographs from top sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 26, 2024
    Man Ray changed his name in response to antisemitic attitudes that were impacting his work during the early 20th century. "Man" came from his nickname, Manny, shortened from Emmanuel. For his surname, Ray took the first two and final letters of his birth name, Radnitzky. Explore a range of Man Ray art on 1stDibs.

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