Between 1969 and 1973 the artist Man Ray (1890 – 1976) made several versions of this work The Satie Pear. A work in which, as usual in his artistic production, he blends different materials and techniques. In fact, Man Ray is considered one of the fathers of thephotomontages, since in his paintings he used to include photographs that he himself took and to which he added paint and other types of three-dimensional objects.
Man Ray's Satie Pear
For example, in one of his versions of Satie's Pear, the work is made up of an oil painting, a photograph encased in a wooden box and a plastic pear in volume.
This type of work must be understood within the Dadaism movement, where artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Hans Arp, Francis Picabia, Marcel Jancoor Man Ray himself abandon brushes and traditional materials to create works composed from the use of various objects, or pieces of wood, iron, cloth or fragments of the most varied utensils or paper and newspaper clippings. It is what they called ready made, in which using common objects they are taken out of their context and conferred the category of works of art. One of the examples of these Dadaist readymades is given by Man Ray himself, who in 1921 exhibited a real plate to which he added fourteentacks on its smooth surface, and I title the work as Gift.
Man Ray was both a painter and aphotographer, in fact he is one of the most prestigious photographers in history
With this work Man Ray is paying homage to one of the great musicians of the early 20th century, the Frenchman Erik Satie, who to fragments of one of his most famous of 1911 he called them pears, and he was also in love with this type of fruit.
Something similar felt Ray towards pears, that he considered them as the only fruit that had true personality, because there were no two pears that had the same flavor, they are always different. That is why this image can be interpreted as a curious monument to individuality. To do this, he cuts out the figure of the pear on a background of the sky, turning it into a curious sculpture, a statue within the painting, which at the same time is a mixture of drawing, color and photography.
And the work helps us define what the artistic concept of Man Ray was, for whom painting, like literature or other arts, was above all representation of an idea.