Man Ray

La Volière [Aviary]

About this artwork

'Aviary' depicts the artist's New York studio, complete with a dressmaker's dummy, which Man Ray said he kept for a companion. A chair can also be seen in the blue area to the left of the dummy. Man Ray began making airbrush paintings around 1916, inspired by the paint spray he had been using to make mechanical drawings for a publisher. The airbrush was a way of liberating himself from conventional ways of making pictures; he liked the fact that he was able to paint without even touching the page. The French title, 'La Volière', as well as meaning 'aviary', is also slang for a brothel.

  • title:
    La Volière [Aviary]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3888
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  • materials:
    Airbrushed gouache, pencil, pen and ink on cardboard
  • date created:
    1919
  • measurements:
    70.00 x 55.00 cm (framed: 86.00 x 71.00 x 3.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1995
  • copyright:
    © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

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