Aspects of Suburban Life: Golf

  • Paul Cadmus, Aspects of Suburban Life: Golf, 1936, oil and tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of State, 1978.76.1

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.

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

Title
Aspects of Suburban Life: Golf
Artist
Date
1936
Location
Dimensions
31 3450 in. (80.6127.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Department of State

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil and tempera on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
  • Recreation – sport and play – golf
  • Landscape – building
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – New York City
Object Number
1978.76.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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