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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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Creator: Man Ray
Larmes de Verre, Man Ray, Period Photogravure, Studio Stamped
By Man Ray
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Larmes de Verre, Man Ray, Period Photogravure, Studio Stamped Man Ray (1890-1976) A unique inscribed example, could have been used internally. Bearing Studio Stamp, titled in pe...
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20th Century French Modern Man Ray

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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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

Man Ray Combattimento per un'immagine-photografi e pittori 1974 Italian
By Man Ray
Located in New York, NY
Original 1974 Italian poster by Man Ray for the exhibition Man Ray: Combattimento per un'immagine-photografi e pittori. Very Good-Fine condition, rolled. Please note: the size is sta...
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1970s Italian 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 circa 1970 by Pierre Gassmann. Gelatin silver bromide. Framed in a 19th century frame with m...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

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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Glass, Wood

Larme de Verre, Man Ray, Period Photogravure, Studio Stamped
By Man Ray
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Larme de Verre, Man Ray, Period Photogravure, Studio Stamped Man Ray (1890-1976) A unique inscribed example, could have been used internally. Bearing Studio Stamp, titled in pen...
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20th Century French Modern Man Ray

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Paper

Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Black Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By Man Ray, ParadisoTerrestre
Located in Brooklyn, 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 Surrealist Sculpture Le Cadeau, 1974
By Man Ray
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sculpture by Man Ray Titled Cadeau manufactured 1974 in France. Signed. Edition limited to 5000 Man Ray (1890–1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Iron

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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Iron

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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'Le Temoin' Stool by Man Ray for Gavina
By Man Ray, Gavina
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
Beautiful example in pristine condition, designed by Man Ray for Gavina's ultramobile exhibition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Faux Leather, Acrylic, Foam, Plywood

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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

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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Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Green Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in Brooklyn, 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 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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Paper

Bench Eye Le Temoin by Man Ray for Studio Simon, Italy, 1971
By Man Ray, Simon Gavina Editions
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Bench pouf stool or coffee low cocktail table Eye sculpture "Le Témoin" by Man Ray for Studio Simon ( Dino Gavina ). An edition from the 1990s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Faux Leather, Resin, Plywood

Man Ray Modern Numbered and Signed Etching and Aquatint
By Man Ray
Located in Roma, IT
“Transfiguration d'un cactus” Man Ray (1890 Philadelphia-1976 Paris). Signed in pencil 'Man Ray' (lower right) and numbered in pencil 40/99 (lower left). Wonderful original silvered ...
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1970s French 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 - Pari...
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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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Paper

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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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Le Monde des Echecs Photography of Marcel Duchamp
By Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp
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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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 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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Objects of my Affection Exhibition Poster Trompe L'Oeuf MoMA, 1969
By Man Ray, MOMA Museum New York
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The “objects” of American artist Man Ray’s affection were small, limited-edition sculptures. Although influenced by French artist Marcel Duchamp, Ray eschewed the Duchampian term rea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Man Ray

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Paper

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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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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'Electricity 1931 Printed in Heliogravure and signed in the negative 500 Copies. Man Ray (1890-197...
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1930s 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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Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in White Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in Brooklyn, 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 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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Man Ray Photography of Woman
By Man Ray, Pierre Gassmann
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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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 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 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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Paper

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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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

Marcel Duchamp / Man Ray 'Le Monde Des Echecs' Portfolio
By Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray
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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Paper

Softbound Program, 1966 Man Ray Los Angeles County Museum of Art Exhibition
By Man Ray
Located in San Diego, CA
A nice softbound program from Man Ray"s 1966 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ray was a key figure of Dada and Surrealism, one of the few Americans associated with...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Man Ray

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Paper

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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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 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 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, Stool Le Temoin, for Gavina, Italy, 1970's
By Man Ray, Gavina
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stool model Le Temoin, designed by Man Ray for Gavina, Italy 1970s. The Le Temoin was designed by Man Ray for Gavina’s Ultramobile Exhibition.
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Acrylic

'Le Temoin' Stool by Man Ray for Gavina
By Gavina, Man Ray
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
Beautiful example in pristine condition, designed by Man Ray for Gavina's ultramobile exhibition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Acrylic, Foam, Plywood, Faux Leather

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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

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 in ...
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1920s 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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1920s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

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 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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Paper

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 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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Paper

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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Paper

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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Paper

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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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Man Ray

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Paper

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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Paper

Paradisoterrestre Rue Férou Table Lamp in Blue Polished Bronze by Man Ray
By ParadisoTerrestre, Man Ray
Located in Brooklyn, 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 Cadeau 1921 / 1974
By Man Ray
Located in Weesp, NL
Gift is a typical product of Man Ray’s double-edged humour. Its sadistic implications need not be stressed. Its erotic aspect is revealed by Man Ray’s remark: ‘You can tear a dress t...
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1970s American Vintage Man Ray

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Iron

Man Ray furniture for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Man Ray furniture is available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of paper and designed with extraordinary care. In our Man Ray collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 50 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Man Ray were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jean Ribière, Jean Lurcat and Jean Cocteau. Prices for Man Ray furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $300 and tops out at $37,840, while pieces like these can sell for $5,175.

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