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Artists’ Birthdays: August the 27th – Man Ray (1890)

August 27, 2012

Would you like to know it all? We would! That’s why the theme for our Know It All Section for 2012 is Artists’ Birthdays. We hope that these posts will help to increase our and your knowledge in Art History. Lets get acquainted with more painters, lets recognise their artwork and be inspired by the masterpieces!

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Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada* and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known in the art world for his avant-garde photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.

Ray’s work was not appreciated during his lifetime, with the exception of his fashion and portrait photography; especially in his native United States. Nevertheless, his reputation has grown steadily in the decades since.

Some of Man Ray’s paintings:

Hills, 1914, 26 x 30 cm.

The Misunderstood, 1938

La Fortune, 1938

Some of Man Ray’s photographs:

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Information for this post found on Wikipedia.

*Dada or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early twentieth century.

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