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The Picador

32 x 25 3/4 in. (81.3 x 65.4 cm)

Eugene McCown
American (Eldorado Springs, MO, 1898 - 1966, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Ellwanger
Accession Number: 1982.54
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Location: Not currently on view

When he turned 19, aspiring artist Eugene McCown said goodbye to Missouri and made his way to Paris, where he fell into a social circle that included Virgil Thompson, Gertrude Stein, Peggy Guggenheim, Marcel Duchamp and other luminaries of the bohemian scene. In the City of Light, he was able to live openly as a gay man and acquired a reputation as a bon vivant. It’s unclear how much time he actually spent painting, as only a handful of his works are known today. From existing photographs of those, "The Picador" seems typical in terms of the elongated figures and slightly surreal setting, if not in homoerotic content.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Artist's signature, upper right: E M 28

Helen Ellwanger, Rochester NY (1885-1982); her gift to the Gallery in 1982

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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