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October 25, 2019

The Muse of Man Ray: 25 Gorgeous Photos of Juliet Browner in the 1940s

Born 1911, Romanian-American dancer and model Juliet Browner graduated from James Monroe High School and then studied dance with Martha Graham, before becoming a model.

Juliet worked as an art model, often for Abstract Expressionist painters, and at the age of 30 moved to Los Angeles, to try to start a movie career. She first met the artist Man Ray in a Los Angeles nightclub:
"After dinner we went to a night club where some of the best jazz of the period was being played. We danced. Juliet was like a feather in my arms." - Man Ray
In 1946, she married Man Ray, in a double wedding with their friends Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. From 1951, they lived in a studio in Paris near the Luxembourg Gardens until his death in 1976 at the age of 86.

Juliet was not only wife of Man Ray, but also his muse during their marriage. She died in 1991 at the age of 89, and buried at Paris's Montparnasse Cemetery, alongside her husband.

These gorgeous photos Man Ray took portrait of his muse and wife Juliet Browner in the 1940s.

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