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The Conversation Piece

Paul Cadmus (American, 1904–1999) Portrait of George Platt Lynes (American, 1907–1955)
Known for his scrupulous attention to detail and clear compositional structure, Paul Cadmus made this finished drawing for a painting that is now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It portrays, from left to right, Monroe Wheeler (1899–1988), head of exhibitions and publications at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, novelist Glenway Wescott (1901–1987), and photographer George Platt Lynes (1907–1955). They are posed before a gnarled tree at their weekend home in New Jersey, where they lived between 1937 and 1943. Cadmus knew the trio well, and he painted them shortly before World War II, a time when he was frequently making portraits of his friends.

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