The Artist as a Winged Angel
Charcoal on Paper
45″ x 36″
A large, powerful image of legendary New Orleans artist George Dureau in which this time he depicts HIMSELF as an angel! Two of his iconic dwarves accompany him. Very nicely matted and framed, ready to hang.
Artist George Dureau, New Orleans legend
George Dureau was one of New Orleans’ major 20th-century artists (b. 1930, d. 2014). His drawing style is instantly recognizable, as he was a notable draftsman, but he is just as well known for his photography. His pictures often included dwarves and amputees – not as a sort of freak show, but in order to expand the notion of beauty and “rightness.” His photos and drawings of black men inspired Robert Mapplethorpe, who was a friend. Both worked in a classical, formal tradition, but with a transgressive, contemporary flavor. Dureau is an icon in the history of New Orleans art.
George Dureau retrospectives
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Here is a link to a description of Dureau from the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on artist George Dureau.