Paul Cadmus (1904 - 1999)
Cadmus was born in New York and attended the National Academy of Design, ultimately leaving high school for full time studies there, followed by a year at the Art Students League in 1928. With fellow painter Jared French, he subsequently spent two years in Europe, learning and refining the egg tempera technique that became a Cadmus trademark. Returning to the United States, he found employment as a painter in the Public Works Of Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, and it is then that his 1934 painting The Fleet's In became the centerpiece of a public furor because of its sexually charged content and homoerotic overtones, fairly launching his career as a painter, printmaker, and photographer. Cadmus spent his later years in Weston, Connecticut, where he maintained a modest output of one or two paintings annually, and where he died just before his 95th birthday.
Mother and Child
Etching, 1934. 3-3/8" x 4-3/8" with full margins. Signed in pencil lower RH corner, dedicated lower LH corner. A richly inked, superb impression. In the opinion of our good friend George Summers, Jr., the dedication "for Sandy" refers, in all probability, to Sandy Campbell, an actor who enjoyed a long and successful Broadway career and who modeled for Cadmus on a number of occasions. Since Paul Cadmus was some eighteen years Campbell's senior, this print was undoubtedly presented by the artist many years after the actual edition was printed. Davenport 37. Archivally matted and framed.