Man Ray & Tristan Tzara

Tristan Tzara and Jean Cocteau

About this artwork

This is a photograph by Man Ray of Jean Cocteau (he is the figure on the left holding a banjo) and Tristan Tzara (he is the one on the right using a walking cane as a trumpet), which has been drawn over in Pen and ink by Tzara. Cocteau was a Dada poet whose fame and success meant that he was disliked by many Dadaists, and Tzara was a central figure of the movement. Man Ray made another more formal portrait of Cocteau and Tzara, in which they are enrobed in a single piece of cloth, while a cut white lampshade spirals around their necks. Man Ray and Tzara became close friends in Paris when they both lived at the Hotel des Ecoles.

  • title:
    Tristan Tzara and Jean Cocteau
  • accession number:
    GMA 4004
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  • materials:
    Black and white photograph (mounted on card) by Man Ray, embellished by Tzara
  • date created:
    About 1922
  • measurements:
    8.50 x 5.90 cm (card 13.90 x 8.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995

Man Ray

Tristan Tzara

Man Ray

Tristan Tzara