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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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Cadeau - Early 20th Century, Man Ray, Surrealism, Iron, Still-Life Sculptures
By Man Ray
Located in Köln, DE
The "Cadeau" is the first surreal sculpture. Man Ray developed the idea for his first exhibition in Paris in 1921. He bought the iron and the nails, made the sculpture and brought it...
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1920s Surrealist Man Ray

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Iron

Dream Flowers, Irène, 1969 - Original Handsigned Etching
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Dream Flowers, Irène, 1969 Handsigned original etching On vellum, 23 x 17 cm (c. 9 x 6,6 inch) Numbered /50 copies INFORMATIONS : This etching i...
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1960s Surrealist Man Ray

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Etching

Decanter - Original Etching and Screen Print by Man Ray - 1973
By Man Ray
Located in Roma, IT
Decanter from "Revoving Doors" is an original artwork realized by Man Ray in 1973 realized in mixed colored etching and silkscreen. Hand signed on the lower right margin. Edition of...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Screen, Etching

Mythologia Moderna II
By Man Ray
Located in San Francisco, CA
Artist: Man Ray (American, 1890-1976) Title: Mythologia Moderna II Year: 1969 Medium: Color lithograph Edition: numbered 46/175 in pencil Paper: Arches watermarked Image siz...
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Mid-20th Century Dada Man Ray

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Lithograph

  • 	Mythologia Moderna II
  • 	Mythologia Moderna II
  • 	Mythologia Moderna II
  • 	Mythologia Moderna II
H 38.5 in. W 32 in. D 1.15 in.
Electro-Magie Electro-Image - Original handsigned etching
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man Ray (Emmanuel RADNITZKY called) Electro-Magie Electro-Image, 1969 Original etching and aquatint Handsigned in pencil Numbered / 25 (Roman numeral) On BFK Rives vellum 37.5 x 27...
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1960s Surrealist Man Ray

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Etching, Aquatint

Surrealist Profil - Handsigned Original Lithograph
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Surrealist Profile, 1971 Handsigned original lithograph On Arches vellum, 50.5 x 36 cm (c. 19.6 x 14,1 inch) Edition limited to 180 copies (unnumbe...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

Surrealist Expression - Handsigned Original Lithograph
By Man Ray
Located in Paris, FR
Man RAY (Emmanuel Radnitsky, aka) Surrealist Expression, 1971 Handsigned original lithograph On Arches vellum, 50.5 x 36 cm (c. 19.6 x 14,1 inch) Edition limited to 180 copies (unnu...
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1970s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

The Curve - Original Lithograph by Man Ray - 1964
By Man Ray
Located in Roma, IT
The Curve is an original lithograph realized by Man Ray in 1964 as illustration for the book "The absolute Real", realized along with Marcel Duchamp. Not signed. Edition of 125 copi...
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1960s Surrealist Man Ray

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Lithograph

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Galleries Featuring Man Ray

Artfever Gallery
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20th Century Marks
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David Barnett Gallery
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Gutan Art Gallery
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Find wide variety of authentic Man Ray art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you are looking for art to add a pop of color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Man Ray in aquatint, etching, lithograph and more. Much of this artist's original work 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 Roberto Matta, Leonor Fini and Valton Tyler. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$288 and tops out at US$36,839, while the average work can sell for US$1,650..

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