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John Lyman

Back View of a Male Model


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


Back View of a Male Model




Charcoal, stump


62.8 x 47.8 cm


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


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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