Man Ray – Portrait Of Dora Maar
Portrait of Dora Maar, 1936
Man Ray ~ On Inspiration
“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”
― Man Ray
Photograph is Man Ray in his studio, Paris, 1939.
The Many Faces Of Benjamin Fondane
The Many Faces of Fondane: Man Ray made a photographic portrait of Fondane with two heads (right) but Victor Brauner’s oil portrait has Fondane as a beheaded Holofernes.
Benjamin Fondane was a Poet, Critic and Filmmaker
Fondane (born Benjamin Wechsler in 1898, and murdered in Auschwitz in 1944)
Man Ray ~ On Painters
"To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society."
Self portrait with chess set
Dora Maar – Picasso's Muse
A constant influence in Picasso's life was the painter Dora Maar, with whom he had a parallel relationship (the closest was in 1930's). She featured as his Muse in most of his Abstract Works and was responsible for documenting his most famous work "Guernica." After the liberation of France, Pablo Picasso fell in love with a French art student, Francois Gilot.
Twenty-six years younger than Picasso, Maar was close to the surrealists. Her face and hands fascinated not only Picasso but also the photographer Man Ray, who took her picture several times.
When Picasso abandoned Maar for another woman in 1945, she had a nervous breakdown and became a recluse.
Photo of Dora Maar (1936) by Man Ray.
Man Ray ~ Imagination
"I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive."
Man Ray ~ On Dreams
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them."
Photo Sleeping Woman 1929 by Man Ray
"Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information."
Man Ray 1890 -1976