Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Second Birth of Dionysus

Artist:
George Platt Lynes (American, East Orange, New Jersey 1907–1955 New York)
Date:
1939
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
24 x 19.2 cm (9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.690
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of George Platt Lynes
Not on view
While living in Paris in the 1920s, Lynes developed friendships with many artists of the Surrealist circle, including Jean Cocteau and Man Ray. Influenced by the Surrealists’ interest in mythology, Lynes made a series of photographic interpretations of ancient Greek legends. According to one version of the Greek myth, Dionysus—son of Zeus and a mortal woman—is rescued from his dying mother’s womb and reborn from the thigh of his father. Lynes depicted the legend by manipulating two negatives into one print and airbrushing the seams to create a dreamlike image of the fantastical birth.
Unknown

Musée d'Orsay. "MASCULINE / MASCULINE: The Naked Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day," September 23, 2013–January 2, 2014.

Cogeval, Guy, Ulrich Pohlmann, and Xavier Rey. Masculin / Masculin: L'Homme nu dans l'Art de 1800 à nos Jours. Paris: Flammarion, 2013. no. 58.



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