Man Ray (Emmanuel Rudnitsky) / Return to Reason / 1921Man Ray (Emmanuel Rudnitsky)
Return to Reason

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Creator Name: Man Ray
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1890 - 1976
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Man Ray (Emmanuel Rudnitsky)
Title: Return to Reason
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1921
Creation End Date: 1921
Creation Date: 1921
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on composite board
Dimensions: H.14-5/8 x W.9-7/8 in. (image)
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE; DATE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 96.21
Credit Line: The Margaret G. Deal Fund
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Beeldrecht, Amsterdam

A leading figure in both New York and Paris Dada, and later in Surrealism, Man Ray worked in several media exploring the concept of the "found object" - treating discarded materials as valued artifacts. Many of these objects recur over many years in a range of the artist's work. The motif of the unwinding swath of paper first appeared in Man Ray's controversial Dada sculpture of 1919, Lampshade, in which an unrolled paper lampshade curled around a metal shaft. He returned to the motif in four subsequent works, three of which are titled Return to Reason. This painting is the earliest. A three minute film followed in 1923, and a larger version of our painting was executed in 1939.

AMICA ID: MIA_.96.21
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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