Gilbert Lewis, Untitled (c. 1982)

Date
c. 1982
Medium
Gouache on Arches Satine paper
Credit Line
Gift of Eric Barton Rymshaw, 2017
Dimensions
30 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.

Eric Rymshaw, the artist’s former lover and longtime friend, described the evening in which this portrait of a drag queen was made:

Gilbert painted this while we lived together. Sometimes [his] model would join us for dinner. This was one of the people I cooked for, and I watched him get ready for this portrait. I had no idea—I was very young and very naïve at the time. I was astounded by the transformation. In the 1970s, there was a serious drag scene in Philadelphia, made famous by the Vanguard Vanities. The Vanguard motorcycle club would do a drag musical every two years at the Mask and Wig Club. This guy was totally into it, and it was great fun to watch him transform himself over dinner before he posed for Gilbert.  

 

Stories Trigger
Blank field used to trigger form on artwork and artist pages. DO NOT EDIT

Share:

Stories

We invite you to share your ideas, knowledge, and stories as they relate to the art in our collection. Read what people had to say about this art or use the form below write to us yourself.

Name:
Invalid Input
Message:
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
  • Woodmere Art Museum is temporarily closed to the public. Learn more about Woodmere's safety guidelines.
    The Museum's outdoor sculpture, grounds, and Straw Journey remain available to visitors observing social distancing.