Portrait imaginaire de Sade
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Portrait imaginaire de Sade (1938) is a painting by Man Ray showing the face of the de Sade with the Bastille as background. Sade's face appears translucent with bricks shining through. There are different versions of this painting.
Man Ray's Imaginary portrait of D.A.F de Sade is an example of the darker side of Surrealist art.
The Marquis de Sade was regarded by the surrealists as a great “revolutionary moralist and poet”. Man Ray's portrait shows him in front of the Bastille where he was imprisoned --strong and impressive, a symbol of uninhibited violence.