Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), Shore Leave, etching, 1935, signed in pencil lower right, also signed, titled and inscribed NYC edition of 50 lower left. Reference: Davenport 40, from the first edition. In excellent condition, 10 1/2 x 11 1/2, the sheet 13 1/8 x 14 3/4 inches.
A fine impression, printed on cream laid paper.
Kennedy Gallery, New York (with their inventory number, a 14787 verso)
Cadmus, a master draftsman, was interested in the Italian Renaissance, particularly artists Signorelli and Mantegna, so-called “masters of muscle.” He was also influenced by Reginald Marsh, who himself was a student of these and other Renaissance masters.
Working as a WPA artist in the mid-Thirties, Cadmus became well-known for painting another depiction of cavorting sailors, The Fleet’s In!, exhibited in 1934 at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., but the then Secretary of the Navy protested that it was a sordid portrayal of sailors, “not true to the Navy.” Shore Leave is another such portrayal, first created as a painting in the early Thirties while living in Majorca with Jared French, then later successfully re-conceived in greater detail (and in reverse) as this complex print.