Kenyon College
 

Violet Tailed Sylph and Crimson Topaz

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Robert Lostutter
(American, b. 1939)

Violet Tailed Sylph and Crimson Topaz, 1984-86.
Watercolor.
9 ½ x 20 7/8 inches.
Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63.

In the early 1970s, Robert Lostutter traveled to Mexico and found the themes that would define his signature style. An impeccable draftsman and watercolorist, he began to make portraits of hybrid male figures adorned with elaborate tropical plumage and floras. Using incredibly vibrant hues, Lostutter’s surreal creations are at once disconcerting and alluring, familiar and foreign. Even though his figures are entirely mythical, his rending is so meticulous that they seem believable.

 
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