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


matadorposesHere are four final examples in the oddities category. The lissome "Matador" may be the oddest of all. The photograph that was made available to me is of poor quality. It was taken from a scrapbook in the Quaintance family, titled "Self & Family." It does not look like the work of Quaintance at all, but he loved melodramatic posturing (see b&w snapshots of young George), so perhaps it's an early self-portrait.

aunts This pair of pastel portraits, signed and dated 1933, are George's aunts, Lolly and Ruth. These appeared on eBay several years ago.

I'm not sure what landmark, with massive pillars and a deep porch is captured in the large horizontal painting that hangs over a mantelpiece. Looks like it ought to be a postcard.

plantationonthefarmThe pastoral scene with the rich earth tones was offered for $4,500 a few years ago at an online auction site. It is signed and dated 1925. The title is "My Life Begins."


#1 Charles Verrastro 2014-02-05 20:20
What about a literary oddity? Quaintance appears (in slightly altered name) in the final page of Truman Capote's classic Breakfast at Tiffanys. Do you think Capote captured him in his quick word portrait?
I would have loved to hear Capote's own recollections.

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