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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.
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
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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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
IMAGE overall, CUR.68.164.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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