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Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999) "Nudo #2" (First State of 2), printed 1984, signed and numbered, unframed

Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999) "Nudo #2" (First State of 2), printed 1984, signed and numbered, unframed

Item Description:

Etching on on Rives BK white paper, signed in pencil lower right, titled center, numbered studio proof 1/2, apart from the edition of 30 (there was also an edition of 100), printed by Pelavin Editions, New York, 1984, under the supervision of the artist, published by the artist for Midtown Galleries, New York, unframed.


Soft dent to upper left corner. Overall appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Collection of the printer, Cheryl Pelavin.


Height 17 in. x Width 15 in. (sheet)

Height 9 in. x Width 8.5 in. (plate)

About The Artist:

Paul Cadmus was an American artist who was born in New York City in 1904. He was well known for his satirical paintings and drawings of male nudes. His parents were also artists and at only age fourteen, he left public school and entered the National Academy of Design and the Arts Students League.

In 1931, Cadmus travelled to the Mediterranean with his lover and teacher Jared French. When they returned in 1933, Cadmus joined the Public Works of Art Project, a federal art program designed to employ artists during the Great Depression. Cadmus presented "The Fleet's In!" at a WPA show at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. The painting showed sexually curious navy men engaging in general debauchery and being propositioned by prostitutes. The painting was so controversial that it was removed from the show, but Cadmus received instant notoriety as an artist and satirist. Public outcries ensued throughout the 1930s when Cadmus exhibited his painting Coney Island and series Aspects of Suburban Life. By the time Cadmus' one man show was organized at Midtown Galleries in New York in 1937, he was already very well known. The exhibition received more than 7,000 spectators. Through the 1930s and 1940s Cadmus continued to paint controversial works. He was introduced to the medium of egg tempera in 1940.

Cadmus' continued success earned him the recognition of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1961, he received a grant from the Institute and he soon began to work on a series of male nude figures using the Renaissance technique of chiaroscuro, the dramatic effect of contrasting light and shadow. It was through this project that Cadmus met model Jon Anderson, the "Nantucket Man" on Nantucket Island in 1964. The two lovers would remain together until Cadmus' death in 1999.

Cadmus became the subject of a 1984 documentary Paul Cadmus: Enfant Terrible. His work is represented in numerous major public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Cadmus' Nudo series is based off of a group of drawings created in the early 1980s, one of which was Male Nude, NM 165. Cadmus used the initials NM to indicate that the model was the "Nantucket Man" Jon Anderson. Nudo #2, an etching printed in 1984 is one of the three views of Anderson from the Nudo series.


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