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Image result for Jared FrenchJared French[1] (February 4, 1905 – January 8, 1988) was an American painter who specialized in the medium of egg tempera. He was one of the artists attributed to the style of art known as magic realism along with contemporaries George Tooker and Paul Cadmus.[2] [3]

Born in Ossining, New York, French received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in 1925. Soon after this he met and befriended Paul Cadmus (1904–1999) in New York City, who became his lover. French persuaded Cadmus to give up commercial art for what he deemed, "serious painting".[4] [5] In 1930, while French and Cadmus were students together at New York’s Art Students League, Italian artist Luigi Lucioni painted French in a painting entitled ''Jared French'', that is currently owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994.[6]

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, French painted murals for the WPA.[7] French's early paintings are eerie, colorful tableauxs of still, silent figures derived from Archaic Greek statues. His later work shows "a kind of classical biomorphism," strange, colorful, suggestive organic forms.

Jungian psychology is thought to have played an important influence upon the dream-like imagery in the paintings of French's maturity. The highly stylized, archaic-looking figures in his paintings suggest that they are representative of the ancestral memory of all mankind, what Carl Jung called "the collective unconscious". French himself was never explicit about the sources of his imagery, although on a stylistic level, the influence of early Italian Renaissance paintings by such masters as Mantegna and Piero della Francesca is evident, as it is also in the work of both Tooker and Cadmus. On the level of content, he made only one, short, public statement regarding his intentions: "My work has long been concerned with the representation of diverse aspects of man and his universe. At first it was mainly concerned with his physical aspect and his physical universe. Gradually I began to represent aspects of his psyche, until in The Sea (1946) and Evasion (1947), I showed quite clearly my interest in man's inner reality."[8]


Paul Cadmus and Jared French by George Platt Lynes


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CARL VAN VECHTEN (1880-1964) Jared French.
CARL VAN VECHTEN (1880-1964) Jared French. Silver print, the image measuring 244.5x190.5 mm; 9 5/8x7 1/2 inches, with Van Vechten's copyright hand stamp, and the title, date, and inventory number, in pencil, in an unknown hand, on verso. 1939.

GEORGE PLATT LYNES (1907-1955) Self Portrait in front of Jared Frenchs mural Cavalrymen Crossing a River.
GEORGE PLATT LYNES (1907-1955) Self Portrait in front of Jared French's mural "Cavalrymen Crossing a River." Silver print, the image measuring 241.3x190.5 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Circa 1939.

GEORGE PLATT LYNES (1907-1955) Jared French.
GEORGE PLATT LYNES (1907-1955) Jared French. Silver print, the image measuring 241.3x190.5 mm; 9 1/2x7 1/2 inches with Lynes' East 52 Street hand stamp. Circa 1933; printed 1950s

PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Tennessee Williams.
PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Tennessee Williams. Silver print, the image measuring 149.2x88.9 mm; 5 7/8x3 1/2 inches, with Jared French's initials, title, and date, in pencil, and with a Collection of Paul Cadmus hand stamp and a Collection of Jon Anderson hand stamp, on verso. 1943.

PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Jared French.
PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Jared French. Silver print, the image measuring 165.1x114.3 mm; 6 1/2x4 1/2 inches, with the PaJaMa credit, title, and date, in pencil, and with a Collection of Paul Cadmus hand stamp and a Collection of Jon Anderson hand stamp, on verso. 1946.

PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Todd Bolender, Provincetown.
PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) Todd Bolender, Provincetown. Silver print, the image measuring 171.5x108 mm; 6 3/4x4 1/4 inches, with Jared French's initials, title, date, and inscription "PJM 11004," in pencil, and a Collection of Paul Cadmus hand stamp and a Collection of Jon Anderson hand stamp, on verso. 1947-48.

PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) George Tooker, Nantucket.
PaJaMa (PAUL CADMUS, JARED FRENCH, AND MARGARET FRENCH) George Tooker, Nantucket. Silver print, the image measuring 171.5x108 mm; 6 3/4x4 1/4 inches, with Paul Cadmus' credit, title, date, and inscription "PMJ 11076," in pencil, and a Collection of Paul Cadmus hand stamp and a Collection of Jon Anderson hand stamp, on verso. 1946


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French entered the Mural and Easel Painting Section of the Public Works of Art Project, initiated by the Department of the Treasury in 1933, after which he produced murals for the post office in Plymouth, Pennsylvania (1938), and for the Parcel Post Building in Richmond, Virginia (1939).

In 1937, French married Margaret Hoening (died 1998),[9] also an artist who was 15 years French’s senior. For the next eight years Cadmus and the Frenches summered on Fire Island and formed a photographic collective called PaJaMa ("Paul, Jared, and Margaret").[10] In between Provincetown, Truro, Fire Island, and New York, they staged various black and white photographs of themselves with their friends, both nude and clothed. Most of these friends featured in the photographs were among New York's young artists, dancers and writers, and most were handsome and gay.

In 1938, French and Cadmus posed for a series photographs with the noted photographer George Platt Lynes (1907–1955). These photographs were not published or exhibited while Lynes was living and show the intimacy and relationship of the two.[11] In the photographs, 14 of which survive today, the subjects, Cadmus and French, vacillate between exposure and concealment, with French generally being the more exhibitionist of the two. Cadmus stated that French was the model for all four male figures in his 1935 painting, ''Gilding the Acrobats'', as well as his 1931 painting, ''Jerry''. In addition, French modeled as John Smith for Camdus' mural in 1938, ''Pocahontas Rescued Captain John Smith'' at the Richmond Parcel Post Building.[12]

Later in the 1940s, French and his wife formed a complicated relationship with Cadmus and Cadmus' then lover, George Tooker (1920–2011). When French and his wife bought a home in Hartland, Vermont, they gave Cadmus a house of his own on the property. French later took the house back and gave it to his Italian lover.

French died in Rome in 1988 and many of his paintings remain with his friend, Roberto Gianatta.


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