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"Three Men in Tatters," Surrealist Painting with Semi-Nude Figures by Lear



Over his long career, John Lear liked to depict nude or half-nude male figures set in fantastic or exotic environments such as the circus, carnival, deserted beach, or Dali-esque setting. A contemporary of Paul Cadmus, and like him, highly focused on depicting the male figure in various settings and positions, Lear never gained fame beyond his circle of admirers in the Philadelphia area. This watercolor, finely detailed and subtly painted, depicts three semi-nude men, their lean frames indicating that this is an early example of Lear's work. This painting has been elaborately matted and framed. (Dimensions include frame).


  • Creator
    John B. Lear (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: .75 in. (1.91 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86518845893

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