Man Ray

La Fortune
1938

On view
Floor 7

Date
1938

Classification
Paintings

Medium
Oil on linen

Dimensions
Overall: 23 11/16 × 28 13/16in. (60.2 × 73.2 cm)

Accession number
72.129

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Simon Foundation, Inc.

Rights and reproductions
© Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris


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  • America Is Hard to See

    Man Ray, La Fortune, 1938

    Man Ray, La Fortune, 1938

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    Adam Weinberg: In this painting by Man Ray, from 1938, a billiard table stretches toward the horizon.

    Narrator: Adam Weinberg is Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum.

    Adam Weinberg: Above it float rainbow-colored clouds. The imagery defies simple explanation—this is a landscape of the mind, a product of the artist’s vivid imagination. The title, La Fortune, suggests luck. Games of luck and chance often appear in Man Ray’s work. Like other Surrealist artists, he regarded the creative process much like a game, requiring creativity, intelligence, and a playful approach to problem-solving. Man Ray was an American artist who spent most of his life in Europe, where he was a leading figure in the European avant-garde. In 1940, just before the Nazi occupation, he left Paris. He arrived in the United States, part of an enormous influx of exiled artists, writers, and intellectuals. Their presence had a tremendous impact on American culture, and a deep and lasting effect on American art.



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