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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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Untitled - Etching by Man Ray - 1976
By Man Ray
Located in Roma, IT
Untitled is an artwork realized by Man Ray (1890 - 1976) in 1970. Etching and aquatint from the series Les Anatomes. Aquatint etching on lana paper. Hand signed and numbered. Edit...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Etching

Female Bust - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Female Bust, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : Catalogue ...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Two Hands, Mid Century Surrealist mixed media multiple (Gemini 20 Anselmino 61)
By Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
MAN RAY Two Hands, 1966 Mixed Media: Silkscreen on Plexiglass Published by Gemini GEL Measurements: Image: 20"h x 16"w sheet plexi: 25.5"h x 19.5"w overall (with frame): 26.75"h x 2...
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1960s Surrealist Man Ray

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Screen, Mixed Media

Oneiric Landscape - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Oneiric Landscape, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : Cata...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Surrealist Expression - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Surrealist Expression, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : ...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Surrealist Profil - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58-H)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Surrealist Profile, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : Cat...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Oneiric Window - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58E)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Oneiric Window, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : Catalog...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Surrealist Bird - Handsigned Original Lithograph (Anselmino #58-L)
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Surrealist Bird, 1971 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 180 On Arches vellum, 51 x 36 cm (c. 20 x 14,1 inch) REFERENCE : Catalo...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

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Find a wide variety of authentic Man Ray art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Man Ray in lithograph, etching, aquatint and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the Surrealist style. Not every interior allows for large Man Ray art, so small editions measuring 4 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Leonard Baskin, Scott Kahn, and Valton Tyler. Man Ray art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at £321 and tops out at £28,884, while the average work can sell for £2,003.
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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.

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