Tears (1933), Man Ray.Like a film still from a silent movie, this work reeks of drama: what has happened to cause this woman such distress? Glancing upwards wistfully, her eyelashes are mascara-encrusted, her tears unnaturally spherical. This is not a real woman; it is a mannequin, crying tears of round glass beads. Man Ray’s inspiration for this gelatine silver print may have been his recent breakup with fashion photographer Lee Miller.
Composition (1955), Willem de Kooning. de Kooning made this work on the cusp between his 'Women' series and 'Abstract Urban Landscapes' series, and said of this work “the landscape is in the Woman and there is Woman in the landscape.” Living in downtown New York at the time, he used rapid brushstrokes and garish hues of red, turquoise and yellow to express the chaotic pace of urban life.