Two Boys on a Beach, No. 2

Paul Cadmus (1904-1999)
Date: 1938-39
Medium: Etching on paper
Dimensions: 4 7/8 H x 6 7/8 W

Signed, lower right: Paul Cadmus

Credit: Gift of Martha McClintock Keyes
Accession Number: 1991.5

The paintings and prints of Paul Cadmus attracted national attention and received almost consistently favorable press, although some were deemed too controversial to be exhibited in some galleries. This etching was based on his painting of the same name. Unlike much of Cadmus's earlier work, this piece has little extraneous detail. Except for the large log and the sneakers, the focus is solely on the two bodies. One critic noted that Cadmus's style is a rare combination of "extremely precise realism and an essentially classic sense of design."