Seven works by American artist Man Ray highlight this week’s photogravure auction, which boasts some of the most revered names in photography alongside Man Ray. (Want a quick briefer on photogravure? Check this post out about the intaglio printmaking process and influential artists.)
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; Aug. 27, 1890 – Nov. 18, 1976) was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. His photogravure titled Multiple Exposure, 1934, demonstrates his ties to the latter movement.
Ray spend most of his life in France and all but one of his photogravures in the auction were printed by the Neogravure Co., France.
One of the Man Ray gravures features solarization, a photographic technique he reinvented. Solarization is a phenomenon in photography in which the image recorded on a negative or on a photographic print is wholly or partially reversed in tone.
Some other Ray images in this collection feature an uncommon exterior composition. See below for two such examples where we step into the outdoors.
The final two of the collection of Man Ray images show off the beauty of the human figure.
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