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"Two Male Nudes with Rope," Early and Very Fine Pencil Drawing by John Lear

$5,500

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Very finely drawn, and beautifully conceived, this pencil drawing by John Lear depicts two, slender nude male figures standing on a dock or pier, one holding onto a rope dangling from overhead. Behind them is a bucolic townscape along the water, perhaps an allusion to Cape May, New Jersey, where Lear did many of his drawings. Over his long career, Lear liked to depict nude or half-nude male figures set in fantastic or exotic environments such as the circus, carnival, deserted beach, or Dali-esque setting. A contemporary of Paul Cadmus, and like him, highly focused on depicting the male figure in various settings and positions, Lear never gained fame beyond his circle of admirers in the Philadelphia area. Here, a mildly surreal setting is suggested by the wood and metal construction overhead. The drawing is pencil on paper, and is signed, in Lear's customary manner, in tiny script -- in this case along the edge of the board supporting the righthand figure. (Dimensions include matte and frame; visible drawing is 13.5 inches high by 9.25 inches wide).

Details

  • Creator
    John B. Lear (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Width: 18.75 in. (47.63 cm)Depth: .75 in. (1.91 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960s
  • Condition
    Very minor toning to paper.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865126054662

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    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
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