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Man Ray

American painter and photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Influential and prolific American photographer and painter, he adopted the pseudonym Man Ray around 1909. He was a prominent force of Dada and Surrealism, and the only American to play a significant role in the development of those movements. His visits to Alfred Stieglitz's influential gallery, 291 introduced him to a wide variety of European contemporary artists, such as Picasso, Rodin, and Braque. Like many other artists of his time, he was also greatly influenced by the avant-garde Armory show in New York City in 1913. His paintings from this period show his fascination with the flatness of Modernism and his interest in the patterns of shapes rather than a realistic rendering of subject matter. During his trip to Paris in 1921, Man Ray began to experiment with photography, inventing a version of the photogram he called "rayographs," photographic images composed of ordinary objects placed on photo sensitive paper exposed to light. Together with his muse Lee Miller, he developed the solarization process wich he used in his fashion and nude photography. With the onset of World War II, he lived in California and concentrated on painting and making objects. He returned to Paris in 1951, where he remained until his death. Man Ray was one of the first artists to make photographs seen as important works of art, equal to that of painting and sculpture.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500015030.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Man Ray:

Man Ray Portrait of an Unknown Woman, ca. 1930-1932 Gelatin silver print
Man Ray Epreuve d’Artiste; Rayograph Photographed, ca. 1920-1930 (printed 1960) Gelatin silver print
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