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Portrait of Man Ray

George Biddle, American, 1885 - 1973


Oil on canvas

50 × 60 1/16 inches (127 × 152.6 cm)

© Estate of George Biddle

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1972

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The American Surrealist painter and photographer Man Ray (1890-1976) posed for this portrait in his Hollywood studio in 1941. Philadelphia artist George Biddle surrounds him with an array of strange objects, including a twisted piece of driftwood, a cow's skull, and a piece of drapery that Man Ray's cats eventually tore apart. The artist sits on a couch with his legs crossed, revealing his multicolored socks, while behind him hangs his recently completed painting Leda and the Swan, one of his most arresting and enigmatic Surrealist compositions.