Trivium Art HistoryMan Ray

Prayer

Prayer, 1930 — Man Ray
24 cm18.1 cm

Prayer is a Dadaist, Gelatin Silver Print, Photography Photographic Print created by Man Ray in 1930. It lives at the The J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States. The image is tagged Prayer, and The Nude in Art. Source

Much of Man Ray's work was motivated by his desire to create a momentary shock in the viewer that would arrest rational thought processes and stimulate fresh ways of seeing. This piece, with its awkward juxtaposition of hands, feet, and buttocks, shocks the viewer in a more conventional sense as well. Man Ray admired the writings of the Marquis de Sade, and this image evokes that author's sexual predilections and strong opposition to clerical influence in secular matters.

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