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Max Ernst

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Max Ernst

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Man Ray
American, 1890–1976

Date

1935

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1984.228

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 9 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Both Man Ray and Max Ernst were leading figures in the European Dada and Surrealist groups, early twentieth-century movements that challenged social and artistic conventions by introducing surprising juxtapositions and chance. Man Ray often favored photographic processes that involved an element of unpredictability.
He used the Sabattier effect—more commonly known as solarization—to make this distinctive photograph of Max Ernst. Discovered in 1862 by Armand Sabattier, the process involves exposing a partially developed image to a brief flash of light. The result is a partial reversal of tone that makes portions of the print appear negative.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Georgia-Pacific Corporation

Image Copyright

(c) 2019 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris