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John Lyman

Back View of a Male Model

Artist

John Lyman
Biddeford, Maine, 1886 – Kingsley, Barbados, 1967

Title

Back View of a Male Model

Date

1930s

Materials

Charcoal, stump

Dimensions

62.8 x 47.8 cm

Credits

Gift of Mr. Jean-Pierre Valentin, inv. 2018.139

Collection

Graphic Arts

In a break with the academic tradition, artists in the modern era favoured female nudes. Exceptionally, here John Lyman used a male model. The twist to one side of his pelvis is counterbalanced by the opposite tilt of his shoulders, making the trunk of the body form the trapezoid defining the chiastic pose typical of Classical statuary; the triangle of the G-string echoes the trapezoid of the trunk.

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