Picnic (Nusch Eluard, Paul Eluard, Sir Roland Algernon Penrose, Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), Ady Fidelin)

1 portrait of Man Ray

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Picnic (Nusch Eluard, Paul Eluard, Sir Roland Algernon Penrose, Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), Ady Fidelin)

by Lee Miller
silver print, 1937
8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (203 mm x 197 mm) image size
Given by Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137400

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  • Nusch Eluard (1906-1945), Artist, Model, wife of Paul Eluard. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Paul Eluard (1895-1952), Poet, co-founder of the Surrealist movement. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ady Fidelin, Model. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sir Roland Algernon Penrose (1900-1984), Painter, art collector; WW2 camoufleur and writer on art. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
  • Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) (1890-1976), Photographer and artist. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.

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  • Lee Miller (1907-1977), Photographer. Artist of 17 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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Artist, writer on art, poet and collector, Roland Penrose was the instigator of the International Surrealist Exhibition held in London at the New Burlington Galleries in 1936. The work of European Surrealists including André Breton and Man Ray, were shown alongside British artists such as Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Eileen Agar. Penrose met American-born photographer and photojournalist Lee Miller (1907-77) in Paris in 1937, and this photograph depicts them on holiday with friends at Mougins in the South of France. Miller later moved to London with Penrose, and in 1940 she became British Vogue's first female war correspondent and photojournalist. Miller and Penrose married in 1947, and their friendship with Man Ray continued all their lives. Penrose's biography of Man Ray was published in 1975, and in that year he organised with Mario Amaya the exhibition Man Ray: Inventor-Painter-Poet at the Cultural Centre, New York and ICA London.