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Murnau-Staffelsee I (detail), 1908, oil on paper laid on board by Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
(b Philadelphia, 27 Aug. 1890; d Paris, 18 Nov. 1976). American painter, photographer, draughtsman, sculptor, and film-maker, born Emmanuel Radnitsky to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. The family adopted Ray as their surname in about 1911 and Man is an abbreviated version of his forename; he preferred to treat his pseudonym as a single unit, so it is customary to list him under M rather than R.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)
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