Thursday, 22 February 2018

EbookCoverWelcome to the George Quaintance blog. Your hosts, John Waybright and Ken Furtado, are the authors of QUAINTANCE: The Short Life of an American Art Pioneer, the only complete, authoritative biography of Quaintance ever written. Our book fills a cultural, historical and academic void for this seminal 20th century artist. It is packed with photos and available as an ebook at Smashwords, for the low price of $12.99. We are excited to have exclusive access to hundreds of never-published photographs from Quaintance’s personal scrapbooks and family archives. Sadly, John passed away in May 2013, before seeing the book published. We hope you will use this site as a platform to exchange ideas, information and images related to this under-valued artist, as well as to learn more about him. Please send your email to



odditiesQuaintance painted many images that one would not normally associate with his name, and it might surprise many people to learn that he didn't paint male models at all until he was in his forties.

The single exception would be the mural he painted for the Stanley Baptist Church in 1933, at his mother's urging. The life-sized mural depicts the imminent baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Huddled on the shore are half a dozen worshippers — all male — one of whom is uncharacteristically clad only in a fur loincloth. That man is a thinly disguised version of Quaintance himself. This would not be the last time he painted himself into one of his canvases.

The landscape depicting trees in fall colors was painted by a 16-year-old George. Then he might have looked much like the strapping lad holding the dog in the banner at the top of this page.

Not much is known about the serving tray depicted here, other than that it was painted by George Quaintance. The tray now belongs to a cousin who lives in Quaintance's birthplace, Luray, Virginia.

The tiger is an oil on canvas that was painted in 1940. It is signed and dated on the front, in the lower right. This 24x32-inch canvas sold on eBay for $800 in 2005 — a steal. This is the only instance I know of in which the subject is an animal unaccompanied buy a human.

Finally, there is the odd French Maids postcard. It is signed at the lower left but not dated. The caption, which is not legible in this image, reads, "That Mr. Rushmore, in the pink room, doesn't wear pajamas."


#1 Charles Verrastro 2013-11-23 13:04
Still haven't heard from the publishers regarding my order for copies of the biography.
In a side note, the often repeated quote (I've forgotten the source)that George Quintana (possible pseudonym of GQ)made $50,000.00 a year for the covers of "Gay French" magazine has always bothered me. There was a "Gay French" magazine but it seems to have been a limited run. You and others mention "Gay French Life" which does list Quintana as a cover artist. However, these pulps paid the princely sum of $50.00 a cover. Even with additional salary as art editor and contributor to the inner design and artwork 50 Grand a year sounds like puffery. Do you agree?

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