Man Ray (1890-1976), 'Rrose (Portrait of Marcel Duchamp)', Aquatint, 1971

'Rrose (Portrait of Marcel Duchamp)', Aquatint, 1971

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Signed by the artist in pencil and numbered from the edition of 125. Published in the portfolio ‘Monument à Christophe Colomb et à Marcel Duchamp’, printed and published in Paris by Georges Visat in 1971.

This playful portrait spells out the first name of Duchamp's alter-ego Rrose Selavy in his cigar smoke. The name is a pun of the French phrase 'Eros c'est la vie' (Eros is Life).

Man Ray and Duchamp had been firm friends since Duchamp emigrated to the United States in 1915, and they would remain close for the rest of their lives. Together they published the first (and only) edition of New York Dada in 1921. The cover was an image of the now infamous perfume bottle ‘Belle Haleine: eau de voilette’ with the Man Ray portrait of Duchamp as Rrose Sélavy on the label.

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Image/Plate Size 25.5 x 25.2 cm
Paper Size 37.8 x 28 cm
Reference 'Man Ray Opera Grafica', Luciano Anselmino, cat. no. 20

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