Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp)
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Man Ray
American, 1923
Gelatin silver print

8 11/16 x 6 15/16 in.

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When Man Ray moved to Paris, he was greeted by his friend and artistic compatriot Marcel Duchamp, who introduced him to members of the Dada circle of writers and artists. The two men had collaborated in a number of creative endeavors in New York, including the creation of a female alter-ego for Duchamp named Rrose Sélavy (a pun on the French pronunciation Eros, c'est la vie "Sex, that's life"). Man Ray photographed Duchamp several times as Rrose Sélavy.