Friday, January 12, 2024

Jared French

The photo above is from 1942 and is called After the Hurricane.  It shows Lincoln Kirstein at center with Jared French to his left and Pete Martinez to his right.  Sprawled in the sand at far right is Paul Cadmus, whose sister was married to Lincoln.  Margaret Hoening French is believed to have taken the photo, which is sort of emblematic of how entangled the relationships of these folks were.  Mr. Kirstein strongly supported Jared French's art, both by helping get it into good galleries and shows and by actually buying some of it.

This is Murder from 1942, and it cause quite a stir when Jared French put it in a gallery show.
It now resides in no less a repository than the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Lincoln Kirstein bought The Double (above) for his personal collection shortly after Jared French painted it in 1950.  The expressions are quite interesting and enigmatic.



  1. Thank you for this introduction to Jared French. I think I'm going to appropriate some of "This is Murder" for my upcoming comic book.

    1. You do comic books? Oooooh, I want to know more. And if you want to know more about Jared French, click on his name in the right hand column on this page. Also, there is a lot about him under the PaJaMa label in the same row.

    2. This link: will take you to the PDF of Chapter One of a webcomic, entitled "Grumble." I worked on it from 2008-14. You can download the PDF. If you are interested in more of my work, I can provide links to some short stories, and I can alert you to a graphic novel that is due later this year.

  2. I love the fact that these works are still discussed passionately, and everyone has a different take on how they are interpreted.