Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Susanna Cole

Second Advisor

Howard Singerman

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


Jared French's State Park (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1946) uses the language of magic realism in mid-20th-century America, the egg tempera technique of the Quattrocento, and the theories of Carl Jung to explore a variety of themes: homosexuality, family and power. This thesis considers State Park within the contexts of the artist's circle and liaisons with Paul Cadmus and George Tooker; his photography work with Pajama; his friendship with E.M. Forster; and homophobia at mid-century.



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