Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quaintance and Bob (part three)

Spartan Soldiers Bathing, 1956
George Quaintance lived and worked in Los Angeles, California during the mid-to-late 1940s, where he specialized in painting and photographing male athletes.  One of his favorite models has been reported as being Bob Spahn, who was inspiration for some of the figures in his classic-style paintings.  In the early 1950s George created his own studio/paradise in Phoenix, Arizona.  The property (named Rancho Siesta) and its relative seclusion allowed George the freedom to create many of the works of fine art that he is best recognized for today.  By 1956, George decided to sell Rancho Siesta and move back to California.

As the book The Art Of George Quaintance (Dian Hanson, Reed Massengill) noted: "[...] His highly prized paintings—numbering just 55—rarely come to auction, instead selling privately for undisclosed sums. As the preeminent 'male physique' artist of the 1940s and early '50s, his work for Physique Pictorial, Demi-Gods and Body Beautiful inspired a generation of artists like Tom of Finland, Harry Bush, Etienne, and other, lesser stars in their constellation."

 According to the artist himself "I paint the world I see, while overshadowing and overlaying it with my emotions, my beliefs, and my culture."  It's very clear that George used the same eyes to photograph as he did to paint, with equally beautiful results.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this series on the very handsome Bob Spahn and the artwork of George Quaintance. It has been interesting to see the artwork correlated with photos of one of the models who was an inspiration.

    And it has been a real treat to see so many photos of the very, very fine looking Mr. Spahn.

    Great work!


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