Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), born in New York, New York, was an American painter who created stylized, high contrast renderings of male nude portraits. His tempera paintings emphasize his subjects in a style similar to Magical Realism. The artist studied at the Art Students League in 1928 and afterwards worked in the field of commercial illustration. He painted a series of portraits of sailors on leave in his work Fleets In!, a 1934 commission by the Public Works of Art Project of the WPA, and was one of his most important works. He has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions, including an exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York in 1996.