A lithograph & collage made by Roland Penrose in honour of Man Ray.
Roland Penrose, 'The Friendly Surrealist', knew Man Ray long before he met Lee Miller in 1937. He had frequented Man Ray's Paris studio on several occasions, even during the period that Lee was working with Man Ray - yet they never met!
Roland also comissioned Man Ray to photograph his first wife, the Surrealist poet Valentine Penrose, in 1930, and then in 1934 Man Ray photographed him too.
Roland and Man Ray became friends in the early 30s. Roland loaned works from Man Ray for his first International Surrealist exhibition, London 1936. Roland also wrote Man Ray's biography and organised an exhibition of his work at the ICA in 1974, which then travelled to New York.
In 1975 Roland created this lithograph as a hommage to Man Ray. The collaged upper central part of it is cut from a postcard of the Pantheon, which was built with a hole in the centre of the roof as a source of light. Roland has included it as a reference to Man Ray's photographic lens. The zigzag shapes below it might also remind us of old style studio camera bellows. Hidden in the bellows design (if you turn the image to the side) is Man Ray's name, reflected along the line below the lens hole.