Artwork Title: Knud Merrild - Artist Name: Man RayArtwork Title: Knud Merrild - Artist Name: Man Ray

Knud Merrild, 1940

Man Ray

11 x 9 in
"This portrait of Danish-American modernist artist Knud Merrild (1894-1954) fashions him as a particular female type—a white, middle-class, middle-aged American woman—while the pipe remains an ambiguous marker of masculinity. The “flux” painter Merrild created abstract cubist and surrealist works that not only mixed stylistic genres but also attempted to translate the idea of constant change into pictorial painting. In keeping with the artist’s own stylistic concerns, this image presents gender as unstable and fluid, mixing masculine and feminine styles and gestures to convey a process rather than a conclusive picture."


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