The Fleet’s In ~ A Painting by Paul Cadmus


The Fleet’s In (1934) by Paul Cadmus

Paul Cadmus was an American painter who lived from 1904 to 1999. His works combined elements of eroticism and social critique to produce a style referred to as magic realism.

The 1934 painting The Fleet’s In shows U.S. sailors having a good time on shore leave. It aroused some controversy in its day, not only for its depiction of the navy, but for its obvious sexual connotations that fed into the myth of navy life.