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A figure painter known from the 1930s on for his baldly satirical commentaries on human appetites and desires, Paul Cadmus was throughout a master draftsman. Although he undertook still-life subjects only rarely and, as he once stated, as “practice works like scales,” he achieved parity between figure and still life in Mobile. Here, a beautifully proportioned young man holds a mobile composed of beach detritus (wood, feathers, shells, and bones) in a delicate state of balance—a reference to the weightlessness of spent forms, and a meditation on mortality.
- Artist: Paul Cadmus, American, 1904-1999
- Printer: Pippin Press
- Medium: Serigraph
- Dates: 1953
- Dimensions: Image: 15 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (40 x 46.4 cm) Sheet: 18 7/8 x 21 1/8 in. (47.9 x 53.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed, "LXXV 72/ Cadmus" middle of composition in colored graphite
- Inscriptions: Inscribed at bottom by artist "Completed Serigraph 'Mobile' print no. 72 edition of 75 (print reproduced in monograph" in colored graphite
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 68.164.1
- Edition: 72/75
- Credit Line: Gift of the artist
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999). Mobile, 1953. Serigraph, Image: 15 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (40 x 46.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 68.164.1. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)