Paul Cadmus (1904-1999)
Apple Peeler
signed 'Cadmus' (lower right)–signed again and inscribed with title (on the reverse)–signed and inscribed with title again (on the backing board)
tempera on board
image, 1512 x 714 in. (39.4 x 18.4 cm.);
overall, 16 x 778 in. (40.6 x 20 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
William E. Scott Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas.
Gift to the present owner from the above, 1963.
L. Kirstein, Paul Cadmus, New York, 1984, pp. 90, 92, 136, illustrated.
P. Cadmus, G. Davenport, The Drawings of Paul Cadmus, New York, 1989, p. 9.
Oxford, Ohio, Miami University Art Museum; Wichita, Kansas, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art; Yonkers, New York, The Hudson River Museum, Paul Cadmus: Yesterday and Today, September 12, 1981-July 11, 1982, pp. 78-79, no. 37, illustrated.
New York, Midtown Payson Galleries, Paul Cadmus: Still Life Portrait Tableaux, November 11-December 30, 1994.
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Philip Eliasoph writes of the present work, "Cadmus' proficiency as an egg yolk tempera painter is demonstrated in this still life. In tempera painting, impressionistic tonalities are not possible and a preconceived image is required. His command of realism is seen in the rendering of these inanimate objects. Optical verism, compositional ingenuity, and a sense of order are synchronized here." (Paul Cadmus: Yesterday and Today, p. 79)
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