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Study for "Bar Italia"

A work made of pen and black ink, over graphite, on ivory tracing paper.

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  • A work made of pen and black ink, over graphite, on ivory tracing paper.

Date:

c. 1954

Artist:

Paul Cadmus
American, 1904-1999

About this artwork

Paul Cadmus was adept at both adapting the drawing techniques of the Old Masters and engaging contemporary viewers. He paid close attention to the relationships between the people he depicted, using such devices as eye contact or the direction of a gaze to suggest underlying meaning. His characters frequently display feelings of boredom or a distracted sexuality. In 1934 Cadmus achieved national celebrity when his painting The Fleet’s In! was removed by order of the Navy from a Public Works of Art Project exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., because it depicted a gay man seducing a willing sailor. Following this incident, his content became more suggestive than explicit.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paul Cadmus

Title

Study for "Bar Italia"

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1949–1959

Medium

Pen and black ink, over graphite, on ivory tracing paper

Dimensions

31.8 × 38.1 cm (12 9/16 × 15 in.)

Credit Line

Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection

Reference Number

1984.1514

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