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Cadeau by Man Ray

Cadeau
by Man Ray

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Multiple Sculpture

1974

Edition Size: 5000

Sheet Size: 6 ½ x 4 x 3 ½ in (16.5 x10.2 x 8.9 cm) cm

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Condition: Pristine

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An iconic piece of modern art, Man Ray’s Le Cadeau (“The Gift”), is an early readymade created by Man Ray during his Dada period in 1921. Typical of the perverse, subversive inclinations of the Dada movement, the piece was so popular – such a brilliant example of the surreal, useless object – that Man Ray kept remaking it throughout his career, until finally he decided to create it as an edition in 1974, shortly before his death. Created of cast iron, the sculpture is stamped with the artist’s signature and the edition number on its handle, measures 6 ½ x 4 x 3 ½ in (16.5 x10.2 x 8.9 cm) and is from the edition of 5000.

The Artist

Man Ray

One of the great visual artists, Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky and came from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ray was interested in art from a young age and regularly visited art museums to study the old masters. Initially he worked in advertising as a commercial artist and a technical illustrator, to pay his way while he worked towards his goal of becoming a painter. He studied at the Ferrer School of Art. He worked in a range of media, including photography and sculpture, and drew inspiration from a range of different influences, such as Cubism and the flat forms and vivid colours of the Dada and Surrealist movements.

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