Cadmus, Paul (1904 – 99)
American artist. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures. His works combined elements of eroticism and social critique to produce a style often called magic realism. He painted with egg tempera.
A 15 booklet published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, containing an interview with Cadmus and featuring several illustrations. Nicely signed on the cover by Cadmus in black marker pen.
In June 2013, Swann Galleries New York set the auction record for a drawing by Cadmus when it sold a male nude from the artist’s Nantucket Man series for $48,000. The late-career drawings in the series all feature Cadmus’ longtime lover Jon Anderson whom the artist met on Nantucket in 1964. Their 35 year collaboration explored all aspects of the male nude and they remained lovers until Cadmus’s death in 1988 — just days before his 95th birthday.