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Revolving Doors X (Libellule)
© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Revolving Doors X (Libellule) Published 1926 (after collages of 1916 - 1917)

Not on display

The stencil series Revolving Doors reproduce ten collages Man Ray made with coloured papers in New York, in 1916-17. Described by Man Ray as ‘pseudo-scientific abstractions’ the original collages were derived from the large, flat coloured shapes of his most important painting to date, 'The Rope Dancer Accompanies Herself with Her Shadows', 1916 (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), which itself was based on a collage of coloured papers. Man Ray intended to use the collages as preparatory studies for a series of large oil paintings, but only two of the paintings were actually executed. Translated as ‘Dragonfly,’ this is the last print in the set.

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Avant garde

Cultural practices that challenge tradition through experimentation and innovation. Originally a military term, in art it is particularly associated with the late 19th and 20th centuries.


An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Avant garde, Collage, Cubism , Palette , Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4003 J
  • Medium Pochoir print on paper
  • Size 56.00 x 38.00 cm (paper size)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995