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Jonathan Stone for Art-Sheep

Being a master illustrator and a proud gay man, George Quaintance really knew how to depict his idealized homoerotic scenes. Having achieved to have a voice during a period that was more than difficult and dangerous for LGBT people, Quaintance is the father to a series of characteristic artworks of gay culture.

In the first half of the 20th century, many men including Quaintance were repressed and often assaulted. The artist’s strongly homoerotic world depicts fantasy worlds where men are free to love, desire and even fight whoever they want. His works became a way out for all these oppressed men -including him, who wished to have the life of these imaginary figures.

Apart from beautiful fantasies, Quaintance’s works and their colorful and kitschy aesthetics became a symbol for all these men who found a little window of acceptance in an alternative future, that eventually came, but it came a little too late.

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