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"Nudes on Hypnos," Monumental Art Deco Masterpiece with Male Nudes by Paul Swan



An extraordinary work by an increasingly important and fascinating artist, "Nudes on Hypnos" was painted by Paul Swan, a dancer-turned-painter who was once deemed "the most beautiful man in the world." In the early 20th century he danced with the likes of Ted Shawn, Ruth Saint Denis and Isadora Duncan, and later he turned his attention to painting and sculpture, creating likenesses of Maurice Ravel, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prince Bira of Siam, Pope Paul VI, Percy Grainger and John F. Kennedy. Although he married, had children and enjoyed a happy family life, he was also bisexual and had affairs with men over the years. This painting, depicting an array of nude men asleep on a Greek island, is a very rare find. The medium is oil on masonite.


  • Creator
    Paul Swan (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.25 in. (41.28 cm)Width: 72.5 in. (184.15 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall good; exhibits several abrasions and paint losses; now framed and protected by glass.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865115706831

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