The lives and work of many friends, family, and associates are also documented in the papers. Of note are Fidelma Cadmus (Paul’s sister) Lincoln Kirstein (his brother-in-law) artist and partner Jared French, artist and friend Margaret French, and Paul Cadmus’s long-time partner, Jon F. Anderson.
- 1812 - 2019
- Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999 (Author)
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Paul Cadmus studied drawing and printmaking at the National Academy of Design from 1919 to 1926. While employed as a commercial layout artist in the late 1920s, Cadmus enrolled in classes at the Art Students League where he met fellow student Jared French (1905-1988). The two became romantically involved and began to focus on careers in fine art.
In 1934, Cadmus began working with the Public Works of Art Project, which sponsored a traveling exhibition featuring his painting The Fleet’s In! a work that generated a great amount of response from viewers and raised Cadmus’s public profile. His work in the late 1930s expanded to murals, solo exhibitions, and designs for ballets.
Jared French married the painter Margaret Hoenig (1906-1998) in 1937. French continued his relationship with Paul Cadmus and the three worked and lived in proximity for many years. Their photographic work, focused on images taken at the Hoenig family property in Saltaire, Fire Island, NY was attributed to PaJaMa, a portmanteau formed from PAul, JAred, and MArgaret.
Over the following decades, the lives of the three painters diverged, with Jared French moving semi-permanently to Italy and Margaret French splitting her time between Europe and the United States. Paul Cadmus lived in New York City for much of this period, before moving to Weston, CT in the 1970s in a house built on the property of his brother-in-law, Lincoln Kirstein. (Kirstein and Fidelma Cadmus having married in 1941.) In 1965, Cadmus met Jon F. Anderson, an actor and cabaret artist, who became his life partner and muse for the next 34 years.
The 1980s and 1990s saw a resurgence for Paul Cadmus through monographs dedicated to his work, exhibitions, personal appearances in advertising campaigns, and a documentary feature.
Paul Cadmus died on December 12, 1999. Jon F. Anderson, who had later married Philis Raskind, passed away on October 21, 2018. Jared French died January 8, 1988. Margaret French died November 18, 1998.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Art, American -- 20th Century
- Artists, American
- Artists, American -- 20th Century
- Artists, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Artists, American -- Archives
- Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999
- Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999--Exhibitions
- Etching, American
- Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970
- French, Jared, 1905-1988
- French, Margaret
- Kirstein, Fidelma Cadmus
- Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996
- LGBTQ resource
- Lithography, American
- Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955
- Magic realism (Art)
- Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
- Photography -- 20th Century
- Photography, Artistic
- Photography, Artistic
- Printmakers -- United States
- Guide to the Paul Cadmus Papers
- In Progress
- by Rosemary K. J. Davis, Jessica Tai, and Timothy G. Young
- June 2022
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- Finding aid written in English.
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