The portrait is broken, the stele away. An AFP journalist found more damage on the tomb of the artist Man Ray. No registration has been detected, and the nearby tombs were intact. The Montparnasse cemetery, where many tombs of artists and personalities – like the american actress Jean Seberg, the French singer Serge Gainsbourg, the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre or Simone Veil, a great figure of French political life and european – has refused to speak. Cedric Grunenwald, the assistant to the security of the mayor of the Fourteenth arrondissement, has indicated that no complaint had been filed with the commissioner on this subject.

Large figure of a surrealist “Violin of Ingres”, a lithograph for which Man Ray was inspired in 1969 for his photograph of 1924. BARBARA SAX/AFP

Born Emmanuel Rudzitsky in 1890 in Philadelphia (United States), Man Ray began his career in New York before joining France and closer to the dada movement and then the surrealists.

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a Painter, cartoonist, and director, he is primarily known for his work as a photographer with works such as Violon d’ingres , with the air vents of the instrument drawn on the back of the model, the singer Kiki of Montparnasse, who became his companion. “A photo is like a written page, such as a table, like a cry, like a song, it is a form of expression, but this is not a device…”, explained the artist. A retrospective of his work was held in late 2018-early 2019 to Albi. He died in 1976 in Paris.