John Lear, Untitled (Two Men)

John Brock Lear, Jr.: Untitled (Two Men) (1987) Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
Title
Untitled (Two Men)
Date
1987
Medium
Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 2013
Dimensions
14 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.

Lear is a virtuoso watercolorist. Here two men construct a Surrealist-styled dwelling or tower made of building parts, fabric, stone, streamers, perhaps a kite, and other materials. The seated figure wears white underpants; the standing figure wears bright green tights. Transparent rectangular forms, like window shades, overlap and frame each figure’s head and torso. The tableau is a dream-like fantasy of men building a life together, but it feels as if the fantasy is as evanescent as a cloud.

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