Saturday, April 7, 2007

3 Images

Observatory Time - The Lovers, painting by Man Ray, 1934

Women playing chess on the beach, from Maya Deren's At Land, 1944

Knight and Death playing chess on the beach, from Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal

I found myself very interested in Surrealism recently and happened to notice the similar theme, chess board on the beach, existed in Man Ray's painting Observatory Time - The Lovers even 10 years before Maya's film. This painting might bear some influence from Dali's famous The Persistence of Memory. Although best known for his avant-garde photography, Man Ray was an artist in many other media such as painting, film, sculpture and collage.

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