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 George Quaintance  (1902 - 1957)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: landscape, figural, portrait, sculpture

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Painting: Lounging nude amidst flowers
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Information in this biographical sketch is from copyrighted research materials collected by John Waybright and Ken Furtado, who are co-authoring a comprehensive George Quaintance biography. Reprinting without permission is illegal. The authors may be contacted at or

George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 - November 8, 1957) Artist and photographer

Born June 3, 1902, in the tiny village of Alma, Page County, Virginia, Quaintance left home at 18 to study art in New York City. He began his studies at the Art Students League, which counted Georgia O'Keeffe among its many prestiges graduates. His teachers included Ashcan School founder Robert Henri and the Polish-born American expressionist Max Weber. Later in New York, Quaintance worked for several different advertising firms. Then he moved to Los Angeles to continue his career. In the Fifties he moved to a ranch in Phoenix. Of his most beautiful paintings, the outdoors had always been a favorite subject.

On November 8, 1957, he suffered a heart attack and died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was only 55. A brief obituary in Quaintance's hometown newspaper reported that "In accordance with his request the body was cremated and no funeral services were held". It was said he was a perfectionist who drove himself unmercifully, slaving night and day to finish a painting or a sculptural piece, George Quaintance the artist is recognized as a pioneer.

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