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Herma Hermaphrodyte

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The sculpture “Herma Hermaphrodyte” was created after a drawing by Man Ray under the same title from 1919. Wavering between figuration and abstraction, this piece’s purity of form depicts a hermaphrodite figure. Reminiscent of classical antiquity, the hermaphrodite comes from the representation of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, as a hermès (a bust on a block stone often representing Hermès). The hermaphrodite is also a recurring theme in the art of the avant-garde, especially in surrealism. As exemplified by his photographs, movies and sculptures, erotism holds a special place in Man Ray’s work.

Man Ray


Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his pioneering photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called "rayographs" in reference to himself.

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