Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Picasso in His Studio on the rue de La Boëtie, ParisPhotograph taken in Paris, France, Europe
Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976
Gelatin silver print
Currently not on view
1952-61-128A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelThe American Surrealist Man Ray made a number of portraits of Picasso over the years, beginning with this photograph that appeared in the July 1922 issue of Vanity Fair. It was taken on the second floor of Picasso's apartment at 23 rue de La Boëtie in Paris, where he established a studio in November 1918 and completed many of the Cubist paintings that form the background of this portrait. Man Ray's portrait brilliantly captures both sides of Picasso's personality at this time, since the proud and successful artist is also shown to be emotionally distant and seemingly uncomfortable with his newfound wealth and fame.