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The Sleepwalker

George Platt Lynes (American, East Orange, New Jersey 1907–1955 New York)

Date:
1935
Medium:
Gelatin silver print with applied media
Dimensions:
Image: 32.5 x 26.5 cm (12 13/16 x 10 7/16 in.) Frame: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.9
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of George Platt Lynes
  • Description

    Lynes composed this picture from two negatives. The seams between them were airbrushed out so that his surprising anatomical conjunction would have the perfect aplomb of dream imagery. Alfred Barr's Museum of Modern Art exhibition Fantastic Art, Dada, and Surrealism (1936) included The Sleepwalker, probably a copyprint made by Lynes from this original.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Pencil crop marks on print, recto UL, UR, CR, LR;

  • Provenance

    Artist's Estate; [Robert Miller Gallery, New York]; John C. Waddell (April 1, 1981)

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