Paul Cadmus, ‘Youth with Kite’, 1941, Childs Gallery
Paul Cadmus, ‘Youth with Kite’, 1941, Childs Gallery

Davenport 46. Trial proof in the first edition of 75. Signed in pencil lower right: "Paul Cadmus". Titled, dated, and inscribed lower left margin: "Trial Proof/Youth with Kite 1941 Edition of 75". Inscribed in pencil lower left: "for Eulalia". In fine condition aside from adhesive remnants and adhesive residue on edges, and slight pencil and erasure marks in margins not extending to image. Sheet measures 13 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches.

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right: "Paul Cadmus".

About Paul Cadmus

Paul Cadmus is best known for his erotic depictions of nude male figures, charged with satire, social criticism, and a strongly idealized sexuality. Cadmus first gained recognition for his 1934 painting The Fleet's In, where the controversy of a group of sailors he pictured carousing among prostitutes and homosexuals inspired a public outcry. His work is informed by themes of Surrealism, compositions of the Renaissance, the Neoclassical works of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and the sharp, figurative verisimilitude of Magical Realism; however, Cadmus's greatest influence was from fellow painter Jared French, with whom he studied and traveled extensively. French instilled within Cadmus the traditions of the Old Masters (such as an egg tempera technique that became an integral part of his process) and, furthermore, a drive to transcend these methods and define his own artistic legacy.

American, 1904-1999, New York, NY, United States