Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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 kfurtado@georgequaintance.com.

 

islandboyDisplaying frontal male nudity was risky in George Quaintance's day. When you consider that many images of unclothed men, even with their penises concealed, often were considered to be obscene, it's no wonder that GQ omitted the penis from his every canvas.

Actually, Quaintance sketched models who were fully nude and studio photographer Victor Garcia photographed models in the nude. Quaintance is even said to have painted while he himself was nude.

As I have reported elsewhere, Quaintance would sometimes include a penis in one of his paintings, only to cover it with paint before he finished.

neptunesQuaintance females were full-breasted women who dared to bare it all. One admirer described them as “glamour nudes [with] all it takes to ‘knock ’em dead’ from San Diego to Bangor, from Miami to Seattle.”

What's odd is that the Quaintance sculptures have no compunction about depicting frontal male nudity in great detail. One of the figurines in the Neptune's Children set, a male shown from the back, even has a clearly visible scrotum.

nudescupltOne thing my collection of photographs lacks is a good image of the sculpture Narcissus. The one here has a blasted hibiscus masking the penis. Ads for this image sometimes showed a sheaf of wheat kernels between the man's legs, or a penis that was simply broken off. If any readers have a good photo of this sculpture, please write to me.

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#3 Karl 2015-07-28 08:41
Quoting Karl:
Quoting John Mayra:
Hey Ken.., I own Narcissus... Its a beautiful statue... Send me your email addy and I will send a pic...I am interested in knowing the current value of this piece...I understand the rarity of this totally nude George Quaintance statue...I purchased it from a very wealthy collector many years ago.

I own one of these statues signed and dated 1957, what is the value?

Sorry, the date is 1955.
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#2 John Mayra 2012-10-08 04:43
Hey Ken.., I own Narcissus... Its a beautiful statue... Send me your email addy and I will send a pic...I am interested in knowing the current value of this piece...I understand the rarity of this totally nude George Quaintance statue...I purchased it from a very wealthy collector many years ago.
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#1 CHARLES VERRASTRO 2012-06-07 10:53
I wish I had an example of either. I do have the Siesta sculpture. A curious fact about that is the toes of one foot almost appear to be broken off, but on closer inspection they appear to have been modeled as if they are buried beneath the sand, as if the model was playfully "cooling his heels" so -to-speak beneath the sun-baked soil.
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