Vintage Male Beefcake, Rare. Photo is 8 x 10. George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 November 8, 1957) was an 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 homosexual, leading him to be called a “pioneer of a gay aesthetic”. He was an influence on many later homoerotic artists, such as Tom of Finland. Quaintance was born in Page County, Virginia, and grew up on a farm, displaying an aptitude for art. Even as a teen, Quaintance has been described as “obviously and actively homosexual”, despite being closeted. At the age of 18 he studied at the Art Students League in New York City, where, as well as painting and drawing, he studied dance, which led to him meeting and briefly marrying Miriam Chester. In the 1930s, he became a hairstylist. His first art assignments were anonymous advertising work, but by 1934 he had begun to sell freelance cover illustrations to a variety of “spicy” pulp magazines, such as Gay French Life, Ginger, Movie Humor, Movie Merry Go-Round, Snappy Detective Mysteries, Snappy Stories, Stolen Sweets, and Tempting Tales. These illustrations, which were clearly influenced by Enoch Bolles, were often signed Geo. During that time he was art editor for Joe Bonomo, who published women’s magazines such as Glorify Your Figure, Beautify Your Figure, and Your Figure Beautiful. 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,  in Phoenix, Arizona, 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. Quaintance died of a heart attack on November 8, 1957. I have been an owner of numerous gay sexual business’s since 1969, one of them was the Bijou Theater and sex club that closed in 2015. I set prices for collectible item’s based on what I paid, quality, rarity, market value. I cater to collectors, those who give gifts, those who are looking for a specific man, item, article etc. Bijou’s inventory is over 35,000 magazines plus thousands of brochures etc. As a collector myself I dislike it when sellers misrepresent items their offering by making very general descriptions as Very Good, Excellent, Like New, New knowing that the items have creases, tears, rusted staples, very visible wear or just leaving defects out. The item “Coral Reef by George Quaintance original Photo, Vintage Male Beefcake, Rare” is in sale since Tuesday, July 30, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Risqué\Contemporary (1940-Now)”. The seller is “vgoodperson” and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Ecuador, Egypt, Jordan, Luxembourg, Peru, Pakistan, Viet nam, Uruguay, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Canada, South africa, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Saint lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Montserrat.
- Color: Black & White
- Original/Reprint: Original Print