Untitled (Five Nudes)

1967
Artist Lester Johnson (American, 1919–2010)


Catalogue Raisonné

Balla 59

Dimensions

57 x 76 cm (22 7/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2001.553

Medium or Technique

Lithograph on Arches wove paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The central figures in Untitled (Five Nudes) are modeled on the Three Graces, a well known Classical sculpture dating to the 3rd-Century B.C. Lester Johnson takes advantage of the painterly qualities of lithography to imbue his figures with sensuality. The print retains the immediacy of an impromptu sketch.

Inscription

Recto lower left in graphite pencil: 7/15
Verso lower left in graphite pencil: 54

Signed

Recto lower right in graphite pencil: Lester Johnson

Provenance

The artist directly to Albert Merola Gallery (Universal Fine Objects), Provincetown, MA; purchased by MFA, September 2001.

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Reproduced with permission. Courtesy, Albert Merola Gallery.