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The Nude Wife Posing Scandal

Of Westport, Connecticut Artist

Everett Shinn

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2017 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

A native of New Jersey painter Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was a member of Westport, Connecticut’s swanky art colony. An artist of the Ashcan School, Shinn worked as an illustrator for several of William Randolph Hearst’s (1863-1951) magazines. Preoccupied with theatrical themes, in the 1910s Everett built a small stage behind his Greenwich Village home. William James Glackens (1870-1938) was a fellow Ashcan School artist. A cosmopolitan artist Shinn’s work was included in The Eight Exhibition of 1908. The theme of his included paintings was theater scenes from London, Paris and New York.

In 1928 Shinn’s name was publicized when one of his pastel paintings, The Sexless Nude, was displayed at the Bedford YMCA. The furor began when a janitress at the YMCA complained. The nude painting was among many others being exhibited. All of them were works by Westport artists.

The art was annually displayed by the YMCA for visitors who traveled from many miles away. The exhibit was jointly sponsored by the artists and the Westport Women’s Town Improvement Association. The latter was an organization comprised of local and New York society women. They were actively interested in Westport’s civic affairs.

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