A black and white photograph, Thompson and Brown, c. 1980 by George Dureau is a 20" x 16" gelatin silver print, signed and titled recto (front of photo) below the image.
Often compared to Robert Mapplethorpe's nudes, Dureau's classical photographs of homoerotic nudes predate Mapplethorpe's studies of black male models. In fact, Mapplethorpe collected Dureau's photography and Robert Mapplethorpe found much inspiration in it for his own work.
provenance: private collection
Artist George Dureau (1930-2004) was a multidisciplinary artist. His photographs of male nudes were made in his studio in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and on the city’s streets. The artist began photographing his lovers as research material for his paintings - with the photographs becoming separate collectible works of art. Dureau’s photographs were published in "New Orleans", 1985.
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