Man Ray Image via pixdaus.com Man Ray
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American painter and photographer Man Ray began his career in advertising. Outside of his career, he attended life-drawing classes in New York in 1912, then in 1913, inspired by the Armory Show, he picked up his paintbrush and began to paint in the Cubist style.

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 12.18.51 Sotheby's Man Ray Catalogue
Luke Honey

andy_warhol_man_ray_d5928162h Andy Warhol Man Ray screenprint in colours, 1974
Christie's

In 1915, he met Marcel Duchamp and the two of them were central in founding the proto-Dada movement. In 1916, Man Ray began to paint in the abstract form, using vivid colours and sculpture-like objects.

He moved to Paris in 1921, where Duchamp introduced him to other important creative minds of the 20th century, including Andre Breton. Man Ray is perhaps best known for his surrealist photography, but his varied painting styles are much adored too.

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