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Portrait Of Rose Sélavy

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Portrait Of Rose Sélavy is a Dadaist Photography Photographic Print created by Man Ray in 1921. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits, Androgyny and Hats. SourceDownload

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Marcel Duchamp was a man of many faces, and one of his faces was a woman: Rose Sélavy. Her name was a pun on the French phrase, Eros, c'est la vie, meaning ‘Love, such is life.’ Duchamp dressed as Rose for a series of portrait photographs by Man Ray, and even created readymade sculptures using the photos. Rose was Duchamp’s literal personification of his interest in androgyny — the unity of male and female about which he stated 'If one has become the Androgyne one no longer has a need for philosophy.'

Reed Enger, "Portrait Of Rose Sélavy," in Obelisk Art History, Published December 01, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/man-ray/portrait-of-rose-selavy/.

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