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Daily Dose of Jazz: Charles Francis Quest

Today’s Daily Dose of Jazz is a 1955 woodcut by Charles Francis Quest, aptly titled Jazz. Born in Troy, New York, Charles Quest was an active artist and educator in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1929 to 1944, he taught art in the public schools, and from 1944 to the 1970s, he was a professor at the Washington University School of the Fine Arts, where he had studied from 1924 to 1929. He also did advanced study in France, Spain and England. His preferred medium was oil. Quest exhibited widely including the National Academy of Design, Kansas City Art Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He executed religious murals in St. Louis including altar paintings in Trinity Episcopal Church and the Old Cathedral, and gave printmaking workshops. After retiring from Washington University, Charles Quest moved to Tryon, the noted artists’ colony in the mountains of western North Carolina. Quest lived there more than two decades before his death.

Jazz. By Charles Francis Quest. Woodcut, 1955. Artist’s proof. Inscribed “Proof A.”

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2 thoughts on “Daily Dose of Jazz: Charles Francis Quest

  1. The original proof was done in 1952 and displayed at the Metropolitan Art Museum. It was not at that time called Jazz. I have the proof and its hard to read the exact title. It looks like ENDYRNION Hard to read some peoples writing

    Its for sale now on ETSY by Trump 1st Auctioneers Store name of 25StAntiquesNYC

  2. Turns out the original 1952 proof was called “Endymion” by Quest after Greek Mythology. Wikipedia tells it all. In Greek mythology, Endymion[1] (/ɛnˈdɪmiən/; Ancient Greek: Ἐνδυμίων, gen.: Ἐνδυμίωνος), was variously a handsome Aeolian shepherd, hunter, or king who was said to rule and live at Olympia in Elis,[2] and he was also venerated and said to reside on Mount Latmus in Caria, on the west coast of Asia Minor.[3]

    There is confusion over the correct location of Endymion, as some sources suppose that one was, or was related to, the prince of Elis, and the other was a shepherd from Caria— or, a later suggestion, an astronomer: Pliny the Elder[4] mentions Endymion as the first human to observe the movements of the moon, which (according to Pliny) accounts for Endymion’s love. As such, there have been two attributed sites of Endymion’s burial: the citizens of Heracleia ad Latmo claimed that Endymion’s tomb was on Mount Latmus, while the Eleans declared that it was at Olympia.[5]

    However, the role of lover of Selene, the moon, is attributed primarily to Endymion who was either a shepherd or an astronomer, either profession providing justification for him to spend time beneath the moon More at Wikipedia

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