Robert Mapplethorpe

Lisa Lyon

About this artwork

Robert Mapplethorpe photographed Lisa Lyon, the first World Women’s Body Building Champion, multiple times in various guises and ‘types’ of women during the early 1980s. Lyon’s muscular and androgynous aesthetic is often highlighted in his studies of the body-builder. Here, Lyon is shown in a striped leotard, mid-stretch as if she is about to start working out. The harshness of the brick wall contrasts with the lighting and contrapposto pose which leads the eye up Lyon’s muscular figure.

  • title:
    Lisa Lyon
  • accession number:
    AL00181
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1982
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 40.60 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright:
    © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe