Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paul Cadmus

Paul Cadmus (December 17, 1904 - December 12, 1999) was an American artist. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures. His works combined elements of eroticism and social critique to produce a style often called magic realism. more..

American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes and curvaceous women in provocative poses, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
Born in New York City on December 17, 1904 into a family of commercial artists, Cadmus studied at the National Academy of Design and the Arts Students League. He lived in Europe from 1931 to 1933, where he traveled with artist Jared French and where he produced his first mature canvases. more..

Naval Historical Center:
When the topic of government censorship of art is discussed, frequently the story of the painting by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist Paul Cadmus entitled "The Fleet's In!" is told. The fact that it was removed from an exhibit of WPA art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1934 is well known, but what happened to it afterwards is not. The following chronology is intended to provide background on this painting's very significant place in American art history. more..

In the gorgeous, occasionally garish, always gratifying works of the great American artist Paul Cadmus, sailors and sunbathers, models and mannequins, nitwits and nudes all are suffused with a sensuality born equally of idyllic splendor and urban squalor, natural grace and graceful artifice. Active since the 1930s as a renderer of pretty boys and ugly ploys, Cadmus has.. more..

Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries:
- Art Institute of Chicago NEW!
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City
- Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
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Artworks for sale (16) ..
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Update Sept 8 2009:
Removed some misplaced images thanks to Dmitry...

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1 comment:

Garçon Stupide said...

Just stunning. They say so much.