Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : A.D. 1914

A.D. 1914

Man Ray, American, 1890 - 1976

Made in New York, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas (Irish linen)

36 7/8 × 69 3/4 inches (93.7 × 177.2 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1944

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A.D. 1914 reflects Man Ray's keen political and aesthetic awareness in the early years of the twentieth century. Like other Dadaists, Man Ray was alarmed by the onset of World War I. Inspired by the European art he saw in the 1913 Armory Show in New York, he portrayed the specter of war by borrowing from the modernist language of Cubism. This painting's horizontal format is based on ancient Roman friezes, and the date in Roman numerals links the contemporary conflict to the wars of antiquity.

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