The painter Man Ray died at the age of 86. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Most famous for his paintings and works of fashion photography, this twentieth-century visual artist is associated with both Surrealism and Dadaism.
His most famous works include Noire et Blanche (a 1926 photograph); The Misunderstood (a 1938 painting); and L’Etoile de Mer (a 1928 experimental art film).
Born Emmanuel Radnitzky, he grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York as the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants. In his early thirties, he settled in Paris, France and later lived in Los Angeles, California with his wife, dancer Juliet Browner (he also had a lengthy relationship with fellow artist Alice Prin, a.k.a. “Kiki de Montparnasse”).
“One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.” (Man Ray)
“A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.” (Man Ray)
“I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.” (Man Ray)
“To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.” (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)