Two Photographs of Charles "Tex" Smutney and Charles "Buddy" Stanley, 1941. Each inscribed "For B.R ex dono G.W./March 30, 1952." on the verso in black ink. Gelatin silver prints, image/sheet sizes to 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (18.9 x 24.0 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Minor wear at corners, subtle silvering at edges.
Provenance: A Connecticut estate.
N.B. George Platt Lynes is recognized today as a master of 20th century photography, influencing artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts. Though Lynes was commercially successful in New York fashion and portrait photography, his art practice is largely characterized today by his remarkable photographs of nude men, from the 1930s until his death in 1955. Using inventive lighting, posing, and cropping techniques within his carefully staged studio settings, he was able to visually translate both the physical and psychological nuances of his subjects (biography from http://www.robertmillergallery.com/george-platt-lynes-c1f6c, accessed 12/5/2018). Estimate $1,500-2,500
Subtle brown discoloration to lower half of left and right edges.
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