Attila Richard Lukacs

Where the Finest Young Men ...

1987
The heroic scale of Lukacs' painting, with its larger-than-life figures, represents an effort to deal with the subject of the male nude in the grand manner, or in the artist's own words, "in the way classical nudes have always been dealt with." Lukacs is very aware of art-historical precedents and, like many painters, occasionally adapts figure groupings from works by earlier painters. For example, the poses of the group in the upper right are drawn from Caravaggio's canvas, "The Musicians" (c. 1595), in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Like Caravaggio, Lukacs aims to represent his subjects in contemporary terms. Yet although his muscular nudes embody an ideal of masculine beauty that has counterparts in the art of many periods, the fact that they belong to the fringes of the contemporary world - the social milieu of the skinheads - changes their meaning considerably.
Title
Where the Finest Young Men ...
Date
1987
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil, tar, and enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions
427 x 484 x 3.2 cm assembled; panel 1: 216.2 x 143.8 cm; panel 2: 177.4 x 339.4 cm; panel 3: 248.2 x 75.9 cm; panel 4: 248.4 x 136.4 cm; panel 5: 248.4 x 129.9 cm; panel 6: 209.4 x 143 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Ira and Lori Young, West Vancouver, 1990
Accession number
35534.1-6

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