Man Ray’s lifelong friendship with avid chess player and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp influenced the design of this set of 16 chess pieces. In this set, Man Ray translates traditional chess pieces into pure geometric forms abandoning all classical and figurative characteristics used to define the pieces. Instead, he composed them of pure Euclidean geometric “ideal forms” - cube, sphere, pyramid, and cone. Dadaist that he was, one discordant form was interjected into the set. He based the form of the Knight on a found object in his studio, the head scroll of a violin.
Man Ray Chess Pieces are sold separately.
- Design by Man Ray in the 1920's
- Solid beech wood with clear lacquered and black painted finishes; wool felt bottom.
- Board Dimensions: L: 17" x W: 17" x H: 0.75"
- Dust with soft dry cloth