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Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999), "Shore Leave", 1935, etching, signed, titled and dated, ed. 50

Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999), "Shore Leave", 1935, etching, signed, titled and dated, ed. 50

Item Description:

Etching on laid paper, signed "Paul Cadmus" in pencil lower right, titled "SHORE LEAVE", inscribed and dated "edition of 50 1935" in pencil lower left margin, stamped "Nov 20 1935" lower right verso


Smudged areas in the margins, the sheet is taped to the of the mat along the top recto edge. Mild mat burn. Otherwise appears fine. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


Height 10.25 in. x Width 11.5 in. (sight);
Height 15.75 in. x Width 20.5 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

Paul Cadmus was born in New York City on December 17, 1904. His art education began when he enrolled at the National Academy of Design at 15 years of age. In the late 1920's and early 1930's while studying with Joseph Pennell and Charles Locke at the Art Students League in New York City, he met fellow student Jared French who was to become perhaps the single most important influence on Cadmus’s life and work. French persuaded Cadmus to abandon commercial work and pursue fine art.

\"Shore Leave" depicts a lusty scene of carousing sailors and their new-found playmates in west side Manhattan's Riverside Park, then a notorious site for temporary liaisons. At left, one sailor in a tight-fitting uniform and his eager companion stand cheek to cheek in a clinging embrace, an empty gin bottle discarded on the ground. At right in a tangle of interlocking arms and legs, three couples engage in a boisterous partner-grabbing game as two laughing women and one hesitant sailor are restrained by their companions. Between these groups animated by carnal desire, a man lies on the ground with his legs wide apart; Cadmus skillfully foreshortened his body and his head, which appears to nestle against another reclining figure's legs. In the middle ground to the right, a dapper man places a hand on a sailor's shoulder in an overture to intimacy. Beyond them, high-rise apartment buildings stand on a hill under bulbous high clouds.


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Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999), "Shore Leave", 1935, etching, signed, titled and dated, ed. 50

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