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Aspects of Suburban Life: Golf

1936 Paul Cadmus Born: New York, New York 1904 Died: Weston, Connecticut 1999 oil and tempera on fiberboard 31 3/4 x 50 in. (80.6 x 127.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of State 1978.76.1 Not currently on view


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“I never aimed to be controversial. I suppose it was just my objection to society as it was.” Cadmus, quoted in Kirstein, Paul Cadmus, 1992

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Golf is from Paul Cadmus’s Aspects of Suburban Life series, which was commissioned by the Treasury Relief Art Project for a post office mural that was never completed. The paunchy golfers in this painting are more concerned with jawboning and smoking cigars than they are with perfecting their swings, and two of them appear preoccupied with the young, muscular caddy who waits to do their bidding. The caddy wears a poorer man’s clothes, and Cadmus included holes in the young man’s shoes to emphasize the distance between his social class and theirs.

Keywords

Figure group - male

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - building

Recreation - leisure - smoking

Recreation - sport and play - golf

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New York City

painting

paint - oil

paint - tempera

fiberboard

About Paul Cadmus

Born: New York, New York 1904 Died: Weston, Connecticut 1999

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