American Scenes Between The Wars: The Fine Print

Paul Cadmus: Shore Leave

Paul Cadmus (1904- 1999)
Shore Leave, 1935
Carleton College

Using New York as his backdrop, Cadmus found inspiration in crushing crowds. His prints, like his better known paintings, explore the city and its mobs. His drawing style connects to Italian Renaissance models, which he encountered while traveling in Europe during the early 1930s. Classical modeling can be seen in Shore Leave, which confronts the viewer with a raucous group of sailors and women, and empty gin bottle in the foreground.