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Pablo Picasso

Artist:
Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Date:
1933
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
35.2 x 27.9 cm (13 7/8 x 11 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.18
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
If photography had been invented explicitly to limn the self as conscious of its social impersonation, it could not do so more accurately. Here is the artist in charge of his public identity. He wears a modified trench coat--the functional civilian adaptation of the officer's standard issue in World War I--clean linen, and a wedding band. He is well fed and certain that he deserves our attention. On the evidence of this portrait, we should be more surprised to see Picasso at work than being chauffeured to a reception in his Hispano-Suiza.
Inscription: Signed in ink on print, recto LL: "man ray 1933"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL and on mount, verso LL; "80.2.10.10";
Juliet Man Ray to Prakapas in February 1980; [Prakapas Gallery to Waddell, February 23, 1980]; John C. Waddell

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