“To create is divine, to reproduce is human” Man Ray
Yesterday I have gone to Man Ray’s works exhibition in Villa Manin (Passariano – Udine North Italy).
More than 300 works, from figurative art to sculpture, video and photography, are well displayed (and narrated) in this suggestive location (Villa Manin, here lived Napoleon too).
I already knew some works as Le violon d’Ingres, or some stunning portraits, the one of the poster for example (Noire at Blanche, 1926). What I wasn’t aware of was his incredible creativity and the life he had, not to mention his passion for women (and he was loved back too) 😉 .
He considered himself a painter, but he succeeded mostly in photography and he is also well known for some of his surreal sculpture (one for all the Iron – Le Cadeau, 1921, or was it dadaist?).
I loved to get to know much better his life, his struggle to maintain himself too. The quote above refers to the fact that he sold Le violon d’Ingres promising that it was the original copy. Later when the lady who bought it, discovered that he was selling others in minor format, he just admitted that he made a few of them and that he was keeping the negative. Later on those days, in the footer of one of the many reproductions, he dedicated to the lady (I can’t remember who she was) those lines I quoted above. Was he a genius or not? 😉 Source Villa Manin website Man ray’s Trust