biographie de Paul CADMUS (1904-1999)

Birth place: NYC

Addresses: Weston, CT, 1998

Profession: Painter, printmaker

Studied: NAD, 1916-1926; ASL, with Joseph Pennell, 1928; William Auerbach-Levy; Charles Locke; Italy, 1931-33

Exhibited: WMAA, 1934, 1936-38, 1940-41, 1945; BM, 1935; AIC, 1935, 1945 (Flora Mayer Witkowsky Prize); PAFA, 1938, 1941, 1950, 1953, 1958; London, 1938; SAE, 1938; GGE, 1939; Corcoran Gal, 1939-49; PAFA, 1941; CI, 1944-45; MoMA, 1942-44; Norfolk Mus Arts & Sci, 1967 (purchase prize). Awards: NIAL grant, 1961; Midtown Galleries, NYC, 1937 (1st exh.), 1988 (50th anniv. exh.); D.C. Moore Gal., NYC, 1998 ("90 Years of Drawing")

Member: NA; NIAL; SAGA; Am. Soc. PS & G; Am. A. Cong.; Phila SE.

Work: WMAA; MMA; MoMA; LOC; AIC; BMA; NYPL; SAM; NMAA; Fogg Art Mus., Cambridge, Mass.; Sweet Briar Col.; Am. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada; Milwaukee AI; Encyclopaedia Britannica Coll.; AGAA; Cranbrook Acad. A. Commissions: costumes & scenery, Filling Station Ballet, Ballet Caravan, 1938; mural, Parcel Post Bldg., Richmond, Va., 1938.

Comments: Preferred media: egg tempera. Figurative artist best known for his satirical depictions of contemporary social life. Among his subjects: sailors on shore leave (The Fleet's In!," 1934; "Sailors and Floosies," 1938, WMAA), which sparked national controversy. He also parodied obnoxious tourists ("Bar Italia" 1955, NMAA). Along with Jared French and George Tooker, he based his egg tempera technique and formal principles on the ideals of early Italian Rennaissance painters such as Cennino Cennini. He is regarded as a master of the human figure. Positions: v. pres., Bd. Control, ASL, 1935-.

Sources: WW47; WW73; "Paul Cadmus of Navy Fame has his First Art Show," Life (March 29, 1937); Harry Salpeter, "Paul Cadmus: Enfant Terrible," Esquire (July, 1937); Una E Johnson , Paul Cadmus/Prints and Drawings (Brooklyn Mus, 1968); Baigell, Dictionary; Community of Artists, 129; exh. cat., D.C. Moore Gal. (NYC, 1998)"

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