Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Male Nude]

Artist:
George Platt Lynes (American, East Orange, New Jersey 1907–1955 New York)
Date:
1930s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
24.5 x 18.9 cm (9 5/8 x 7 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.311
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of George Platt Lynes
Not on view
Highly successful as a commercial photographer whose images filled the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other fashion magazines, George Platt Lynes also produced a private, voluminous body of homoerotic male nudes beginning about 1930—a taboo subject in a conservative time.
Inscription: Signed in ink on mount, recto, LR [below print]: "G. P. Lynes"; inscribed in pen on mount, verso, UC: "JW-53"
[Robert Miller Gallery, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (October 2, 1981)

JCW dates this photo to ca. 1933. Compare to George Hoyningen-Huene photo of male nude with torso twisted in similar position, published in Photographie, Arts et Métiers Graphiques 16, 1930, pl. 123 (see photocopy).
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