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MAN RAY (USA, 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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Surrealist Sculpture After Man Ray
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Surrealist sculpture after Man Ray.   
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Man Ray for Sirrah "La Lune Souse le Chapeau" Italian Table Lamp
By Man Ray, Sirrah
Located in Carpi, Modena
"La Lune Sous Le Chapeau" table lamp by Man Ray for Sirrah, 1970.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Archive Portrait of Dora Maar
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray archive portrait of Dora Maar in 1936 Printed circa 1970 Gelatin silver bromide 22 x 17.5. Framed on a 19th century frame. Man Ray 1890–1976 was an American visual ar...
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1920s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of André Breton
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of André Breton photographed by Man Ray, 1932. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia,...
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Man Ray Color Red Blue Yellow Green Surrealist Lithography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lithography by Man Ray, 1961. Signed on the stone. Man Ray (1890–1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to t...
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Man Ray Surrealist Portrait Photography of Giorgio De Chirico
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Giorgio De Chirico photographed by Man Ray, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (P...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Yves Tanguy
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Yves Tanguy photographed by Man Ray, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadel...
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Marcel Duchamp / Man Ray 'Le Monde des Echecs' Portfolio
By Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
'Le Monde des Echecs' Serie No. 1. by Edition L'Echiquier, 1933. Portfolio of famous chess players and chess book-manual 'L'opposition et les cases conjuguées sont réconciliées' d...
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1930s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray "Primacy of Matter over Thought" Archive Photography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
'Primacy of Matter over Thought' by Man Ray 1929. Treat female body as exploratory object, head not thinking, draining out access point. Archive Photography printed circa 1970. ...
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Man Ray Archive Photography of Alexander Calder
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray Archive Photography of Alexander Calder in 1921 Printed, circa 1970 Gelatin silver bromide, measures: 22.5 x 17.5. Man Ray (1890-1976) was an American visual artist wh...
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Man Ray Photography of Lee Miller
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Lee Miller photographed by Man Ray, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative by Pierre Gassmann, circa 1970. Framed in a 19th century frame. Bor...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Surrealism "Le Tour" Sculpture Limited Edition Nº 91, circa 1981
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Le Tour sculpture created by Man Ray in 1981. Signed by the artist, numbered and titled underneath the base. From the edition of 99. Measure: 12.7 x 39 cm. (Man Ray 1890–19...
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1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Paul Eluard and André Breton
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Paul Eluard and André Breton photographed by Man Ray, 1932. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Bor...
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Man Ray Photography of a Woman
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Woman photographed by Man Ray. A posthumous print from the original negative around 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Stamped in the back with Man Ray Paris Stam...
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Man Ray Photography of a Woman
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Woman photographed by Man Ray. A posthumous print from the original negative circa 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Stamped in the back with Man Ray Paris Stamp...
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Man Ray Solarized Black and White Photography of Georges Braque
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Georges Braque, 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide Man Ray (1890–1976) was an Amer...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Lithograph with Geometric Motif, 1960s 'Signed'
By Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
Color lithograph with geometric motif by Man Ray, 1960s (signed and numbered 70/99 on front). In original artisan frame.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Glass, Wood, Paint, Paper

Man Ray Photography of a Manikin
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of a manikin, circa 1970. Framed on a 19th century frame. Printed by Pierre Grassmann, circa 1970. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia, 1890 - Par...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Jacques Doucet
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of French fashion designer Jacques Doucet photographed by Man Ray, circa 1926. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver...
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Man Ray Photography of Max Ernst & Marie Berthe Aurenche
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie Berthe Aurenche photographed by Man Ray, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver br...
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Man Ray Photography of Gertrude Stein
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Gertrude Stein, 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Man Ray (1890–1976) was an Ame...
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Man Ray Photography of Henri Matisse
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Henri Matisse photographed by Man Ray, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philad...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography in Black and White
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray Studio photographed by Man Ray. A posthumous print from the original negative circa 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia, 1890 - Paris, 1...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Flowers Photography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Flowers photographed by Man Ray in 1934. A posthumous print from the original negative circa 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Frame not included. In good origi...
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Man Ray Electricity Black and White Rayograph, 1931
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rayograph He´liogravure by Man Ray for Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricite´, 1931 Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 copies. Man Ray (1890-1...
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Man Ray Limited Edition Red and Black Photolithography "R", circa 1970
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Photolithography by Man Ray, 1970. Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 4461.  
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Black and White Portrait Photography of André Breton
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of André Breton photographed by Man Ray, 1932. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia,...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Black and White Solarized Framed Photography of Lee Miller
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Lee Miller, 1932. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia, 1890-Paris, 19...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Yves Tanguy
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Yves Tanguy, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia, 1890 - ...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of a woman
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of a woman, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Born (Philadelphia, 1890 - Paris, 197...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Sefportrait Black and White Photography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Selfportrait photographed by Man Ray. A posthumous print from the original negative around 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Framed in a 19th century frame with ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Black and White Surrealist Photography of Rrose Sélavy / Marcel Duchamp
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Rrose Sélavy "alter ego" of Marcel Duchamp photographed by Man Ray, 1921. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Framed in a 19th c...
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1920s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Georges Braque
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray Photograph of Georges Braque, 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide, framed on a 19th century frame wit...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Archive Photography of Smoking Device
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray Archive photography of smoking device in 1959. Printed in 1970 by Studio Marconi. Framed on a 19th century frame with Museum Glass. Gelatin silver bromide 24 x 18. Ma...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Etching, circa 1970
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Etching and aquatint by Man Ray, circa 1970. Limited Edition 150. Signed and numbered. Frame not included. In good original condition. Born (Philadelphia, 1890-Paris, 1976)...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Woman
By Pierre Gassmann, Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography, circa 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide, framed on a 19th century frame with museum gl...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Mid-Century Modern Unframed Man Ray Objects My Affection Poster '69 Toilet Seat
By Man Ray
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an unframed, vintage, Man Ray "Objects of My Affection" poster, circa 1969. In very good condition. The dimensions 32" W x 19" H.      
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Contretype of Lee Miller, 1930
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray Contretype of Lee Miller, 1930. Framed on a 19th century frame with museum glass. Man Ray (1890–1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Fran...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Le Monde des Echecs Photography of Marcel Duchamp
By Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Print from "Le Monde des Echecs" Serie No. 1. by Edition L'Echiquier, 1933. V. Halberstadt and M. Duchamp photomontage by Man Ray. Portfolio of famous chess players and chess b...
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1930s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Rare Man Ray Photography of Gigi, 1927
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Gigi, 1927. Hand signed in pencil. Stamped by Man Ray Paris. Born (Philadelphia, 1890 - Paris, 1976) Emmanuel Radnitzky, Man Ray adopted his pseudonym i...
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1920s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Electricite Rayograph, 1931
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rayograph He´liogravure by Man Ray for Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricite´, 1931. Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 copies. Man Ray (1890–...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Surrealist Framed Black and White Photography 'Hommage a Lautréamont'
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
'Beau comme la rencontre fortuite, sur une table de dissection, d'une machineà coudre et d'un parapluie' Photography by Man Ray, circa 1935. This is a posthumous print from the or...
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Man Ray Portrait of Constantin Brancusi
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photograph, 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide, framed on a 19th century frame with museum glass. ...
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Man Ray Photography of Andre Breton
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Portrait of Andre Breton photographed by Man Ray A posthumous print from the original negative circa 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatine silver bromide. Framed in a 19th century ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Limited Edition Blak and White Heliogravure Electricite Rayograph, 1931
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rayograph He´liogravure by Man Ray for Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricite´, 1931. Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 copies. Man Ray (1890–...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography This is an archive silver gelatin copy. Not signed or stamped. Man Ray (1890–1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He w...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography This is an archive silver gelatin copy. Not signed or stamped. Man Ray (1890–1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He w...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Green Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
An ash of joy, poetry and state, this is the definition for Man Ray's work through whom the simplest Directional lamp-shade in history meets the object. The perfect object was born. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Man Ray

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Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Black Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
An ash of joy, poetry and state, this is the definition for Man Ray's work through whom the simplest directional lamp-shade in history meets the object. The perfect object was born. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Man Ray

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Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Blue Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
An ash of joy, poetry and state, this is the definition for Man Ray's work through whom the simplest Directional lamp-shade in history meets the object. The perfect object was born. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Man Ray

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Bronze

Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in White Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
An ash of joy, poetry and state, this is the definition for Man Ray's work through whom the simplest directional lamp-shade in history meets the object. The perfect object was born. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Man Ray

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Bronze

Man Ray Black and White Photography of Georges Braque
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray photography of Georges Braque, 1930. A posthumous print from the original negative in 1977 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide, framed on a 19th century frame wi...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Le Cadeau Surrealist Sculpture, 1974
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sculpture by Man Ray titled Cadeau manufactured 1974 in France. Signed. Man Ray (1890-1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a signifi...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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“Aube” Tapestry Signed M.Ray
By Man Ray
Located in Beirut, LB
Decorative vintage tapestry signed M.Ray. Entitled ‘Aube’; dimensions: W 190 cm, H 110 cm. Handwoven wool signed by the artist in the lower right with applied manufacture’s label o...
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Mid-20th Century French Man Ray

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Wool

"Nocturne” Tapestry Signed M.Ray
By Man Ray
Located in Beirut, LB
Decorative vintage tapestry signed M.Ray Entitled ‘nocturne’, dimensions: W=120cm H=110cm Handwoven wool signed by the artist in the lower left with applied manufacture’s label on ...
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Mid-20th Century French Man Ray

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Man Ray Kiki de Montparnasse Décolletage Photograph, 1920s
By Man Ray
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A Man Ray vintage silver gelatin portrait photograph of Alice Prin (Kiki de Montparnasse), his lover and muse. The décolletage portrait is printed on matte paper and mounted on card ...
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1920s North American Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Archive Photography of Mariza Casati
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Man Ray archive photography of Markiza Casati in 1922. Printed, circa 1970. Gelatin silver bromide 24 x 18. Man Ray (1890-1976) was an American visual artist who spent most ...
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1920s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Electricite Black and White Rayograph, 1931
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rayograph Héliogravure by Man Ray for Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d'Electricité, 1931. Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 copies. Man Ray (1890–19...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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