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)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

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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