Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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twokissesThese two items are from George Quaintance's scrapbooks. The image on the left appears to be a page from Coronet magazine, which began publishing in 1936. The image on the right appears to be a newspaper clipping. There is no explanatory information for either image, although Robert of Fifth Avenue was a department store that employed Quaintance in the 1930s.

So are we to assume that these two sculptures, both approximately life-sized and both titled The Kiss, are by Quaintance? For many years, I believed they were (even knowing that George might paste any image he liked into his scrapbooks).

Over time, several actual copies of both sculptures came to my attention and I also had the opportunity to purchase an example of the Kiss on the left. Quaintance did not always sign his sculptures, especially the early ones, but there do exist signed examples of the Kiss on the right.

I have yet to see a signed example of the Kiss on the left. Thus I have come to believe that the Kiss on the left, with a flower in the woman's hair, is not by Quaintance at all. He admired it enough to tear the photo out of a magazine and paste it into a scrapbook, then to copy it with a similar design of his own.

If any reader owns a copy of the Kiss on the left with any signature at all, or can offer any additional information about it, I will be very happy to hear from you.



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#5 Armand 2017-06-01 08:56
"Robert of Fifth Avenue" was not a department store, he was a hair stylist and also
Mr. Robert Parfumeur, established by Robert Denels, a salon owner, at 675 Fifth Avenue, New York City in 1922.
#4 Charles Verrastro 2015-06-05 13:12
I just found the issue. The mask is by Bruno of Hollywood, which just raises another issue. Who copied from whom? Or was GQ the artist but working on a commission from Bruno? Mysteries just deepen where Quaintance is concerned.
Issue Date: MARCH 1937; Vol 1, No 5, Whole No 5
Featured in THIS issue:
[Huge issue, 194 pages, MANY Pages of beautiful Full Page photographs and gorgeous ART reproductions, MANY in color -- as well as feature articles, all listed below!]

[SPECIAL NOTE about the HEINRICH KLEY drawings in this issue: the JANUARY,
COVER: The Widow ... Corneille de Lyon ... (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

Procession ... Vadas.
Bystander ... Vadas.
Arms ... Bruno.
Fingers ... Bruno.
The Kiss ... Bruno.
I will have to find my personal copy and check more closely.
#3 Charles Verrastro 2015-06-05 12:48
You must have a William A.Reynolds, Jr. print. Is it colored or dark black and white? I would be interested in it if you wish to contact me. I believe the couple (who appear in a similar pose in a companion print)were originally studies for a book cover that were not used.
If anyone knows the issue of the Coronet magazine I may be able to clear up the issue as the artist was always named in the captain to the photo.
#2 Charles Verrastro 2015-04-22 14:28
Bruno of Hollywood was a colleague employed by George Quaintance in his position of art editor on the Bonomo publication 'Beautify Your Figure'. The ad from Coronet appears on p. 28, which was traditionally the advertising page in Coronet magazine. Unfortunately although I own complete runs of several years of that magazine from the forties when the ad likely appeared I haven't located the precise issue.
Robert of Fifth Avenue was also a renowned hairdresser and employed many wigmakers and dressers. Some employees were laid off when a sudden hair shortage occurred making finding wig/toupee material difficult. Quaintance may have left for that reason.
#1 Briarbrook 2015-03-08 07:20
I have a framed 24 x 24 in. print signed Quaintance 1939 that depicts a couple that looks very much like " The Kiss" Any interest - let me know and I'll send photo

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