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PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, ca. 1947, vintage gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 × 6 3/4".

PaJaMa

Gitterman Gallery

PaJaMa, Paul Cadmus and Margaret French, Provincetown, ca. 1947, vintage gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 × 6 3/4".

Vacation is boring, but does it have to be? I found myself reconsidering after seeing vintage photographs at Gitterman Gallery by the artists’ group PaJaMa, a loosely defined collaboration formed by American painters Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and Margaret French during the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. PaJaMa is an acronym made out of the first two letters of each member’s name. Jared and Margaret were husband and wife; Paul was Jared’s lover. All three shared affinities as painters, like tastes for the male nude and egg tempera.

Gitterman gathered about forty pictures made in Fire Island, Nantucket, and Provincetown, as well as a few the three artists made in New York. All are black-and-white vintage gelatin silver prints, and each scene features variously dressed or undressed figures interacting with one another in isolate, dune-filled landscapes, or arranged together in front of local

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