Thursday, 25 May 2017

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lithos2a1After publishing part 2 of this series, an email correspondent reminded me of a conversation long ago in which we discussed the Reynolds lithographs. There are in fact two others of which I have photos, and there may be more, as Quaintance painted a lot of these female pinups.

Moon Flower depicts a voluptuous female provocatively posed amidst a field of large flowers. The title appears in the margin at the lower left; at the right it says "Published and Copyrighted 1939 by Wm. A. Reynolds Jr., N.Y." I do not know the dimensions.

Quaintance's vertical signature appears at the right, below the model's left knee. This is one of many female nudes produced by Quaintance that bore the title Moon Flower. Several are shown below. The 1950 painting, Gilda (not shown), was Quaintance's final variation on Moon Flower and the last female nude he ever painted.

Moon Flower variations by Quaintance

Jungle Morn appears to be its companion, as the marginal inscriptions are identical (except for the title), right down to the typeface. I cannot find a signature on this one, but the photograph is poor. Quaintance seems to have an affinity for tigers. I know of at least three works in which he included a tiger.

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