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Joseph Cornell - New York, 1933
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Joseph Cornell - New York, 1933 1933

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In 1929 Miller travelled to France to work as an assistant to the surrealist artist Man Ray. Three years later, she returned to New York to set up her own photography studio. Many of the photos she took during this time bear the influence of Man Ray in their distinctly surrealist approach. This striking image is of the artist Joseph Cornell. It features the artist in profile, merged into one of his ‘objects’. In 1932 Cornell featured in an exhibition of Surrealism in New York and four years later he was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition ‘Fantastic Art Dada and Surrealism’.

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A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.


A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Dada, Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 4982
  • Medium Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • Size Paper size: 39.50 x 29.80 cm; image size: 30.40 x 25.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007