George Platt LYNES, Tex Smutney and Buddy Stanley (reclining) Enlarge 1 /1

George Platt LYNES

United States of America 1907 – 1955

Tex Smutney and Buddy Stanley (reclining) 1941 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: 17.2 h x 24.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.1555

Lynes maintained a very successful commercial practice as a fashion and celebrity photographer during the late 1930s and 1940s; he also photographed George Balanchine's American Ballet company. At the same time, Lynes maintained a private practice which turned around the nude. This work encompassed kitsch surrealism and theatrical views of men and women performing in the austere space of Lyne’s studio. Views of nude men engaged in physical interaction within the close confines of the artist’s studio, such as these images of gymnasts Charles Smutney and Charles Stanley, were remarkable for their erotic charge.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra