John Lear, Untitled (Two Men)

John Brock Lear, Jr.: Untitled (Two Men) (1987) Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
Untitled (Two Men)
Watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
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Museum purchase, 2013
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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