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Portrait Of Rose Sélavy

Portrait Of Rose Sélavy, 1921 — Man Ray

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, and Androgyny. Source

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.'

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