Lester Johnson (American, 1919–2010)
60.5 x 45.2 cm (23 13/16 x 17 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The deeply etched figure is simultaneously an anonymous modern everyman and a reference to the famous male torsos of Classical antiquity. In the 1960s, abstraction was the dominant mode for artists. Though Lester Johnson experimented with abstraction, he stood apart from his contemporaries by retaining an interest in the human form. Combining elements of the Western figural tradition with the spontaneous gestural style of Abstract Expressionism, Johnson developed a style which is increasingly seen as a forerunner of recent figural movements such as the Neo-Expressionism of the 1980s.
In graphite, l.l. Milford Figure - 1st state 4/10, l.r.: Lester Johnson
Alfred Merola Gallery, Provincetown MA 02657 (purchased 1999)
Gift of David W. Murphy
Reproduced with permission. Courtesy, Albert Merola Gallery.