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Thursday, 8 November 2012

George Quaintance (1902/3 - 1957 ) US. Artist / Photographer

b. 3rd June 1902
d. 8th November 1957

Quaintance was a gay American artist, famous for his "idealized, strongly homoerotic" depictions of men  in mid-20th-century physique magazines. Using historical settings to justify the nudity or distance the subjects from modern society, his art featured idealized muscular, semi-nude or nude male figures; Wild West settings were a common motif. His artwork helped establish the stereotype of the "macho stud" who was also gay. He was an influence on many later homoerotic artists, such as Tom of Finland.

His companion and life partner was Victor Garcia, who was also his business associate and model, who was the subject of many of Quaintance's photographs in the 1940s.

In 1951, Quaintance's art was used for the first cover of Physique Pictorial, edited by Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild. In the early 1950s, Quaintance and Garcia moved to Rancho Siesta, which became the home of Studio Quaintance, a business venture based around Quaintance's artworks.In 1953, Quaintance completed a series of three paintings about a matador, modeled by Angel Avila, another of his lovers. By 1956, the business had become so successful that Quaintance could not keep up with the demand for his works.

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