IotD: Monroe Wheeler by George Platt Lynes

george platt lynes monroe wheeler

I’m perpetually delighted by visual riches that endlessly surface through Google image searches: attempting to locate images on another subject this striking composition immediately caught my eye. No specific information beyond what I list below is provided by the website, but the date and general style appear in line with the wonderful collection of personal images collected in When We Were Three: the Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott 1925-1935, which I review here.

The ménage à trois Platt Lynes, Wheeler, and Wescott formed documented in these images is a complex one that I’ll inevitably explore at some point, but this collage portrait seems to make it clear that of his partners the young and precocious Platt Lynes favored the dark and handsome Wheeler, for despite the impression of quick and even spontaneous assembly, to my eyes the arrangement of the individual images seem to vaguely evoke a triptych-style religious shrine. Whether that was intentional or not, this clearly seems to function as a site of veneration and worship, albeit more sexual than religious in nature.

Provenance:

Portraits of Monroe Wheeler, c. 1931
By George Platt Lynes
Set of 12: Gelatin silver prints on board

Source: artvalue.com

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