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"Many Hands," Rare Surrealist Lithograph with Male Nudes by John Lear, 1930s



Much like Salvador Dali, who continued to create his mysterious and puzzling landscapes long after Surrealism had lost its popularity, John Lear drew and painted in this manner for several decades. And like Paul Cadmus, Lear was fascinated with the male nude, and returned to this subject again and again. “Many Hands” is an extremely early and rare example of his surrealist work, created in his last year as a student at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts). This work depicts his figures populating a bizarre landscape littered with disembodied hands and arms. (Dimensions include matte and frame.)


  • Creator
    John B. Lear (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Width: 25.75 in. (65.41 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86517845963

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