Gilbert Lewis, Untitled (February 14, 1982)

February 14, 1982
Gouache on Arches Satine paper
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Gift of Eric Barton Rymshaw, 2017
22 1/2 x 15 in.

In all likelihood, the model in this painting wished to be depicted in his tuxedo. Was he someone who attended many gala events? Or perhaps a caterer? Lewis allows his viewers to construct their own narratives. The painting is a tour de force that shows off the artist’s ability to depict the various textures of black-on-black materials, from the patent leather shoes to the satin cummerbund and lapels. 

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