Aug 18, 2022 - Sale 2613

Sale 2613 - Lot 108

Price Realized: $ 910
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600


A signed photograph of the artist George Quaintance (1902-1957).
Silver print, the image measuring 238x190 mm; 9 3/8x7 1/2 inches, with a photographer's credit in the negative and Quaintance's signature and inscription in blue ink in the image on recto. Circa 1940s.
The artist is depicted standing with his palette in front of an easel on which rests his 1948 painting Harvasu Creek

George Quaintance is well-known for his idealized and homoerotic depictions of men in mid-20th-century physique magazines. Chiseled cowboys and idealized male bodies populate his imagery, turning a queer gaze on subject matter that was at times historical and always traditionally heteronormative. His work helped to establish the macho motif pervasive in gay imagery and influencing artists such as Tom of Finland.