Nude Bathers, 1938
Oil on paper mounted on board
15 x 10 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: CASTANO. 38
Identified on period label on the reverse: GABRIEL CASTANO / HABANA CUBA
Original framers label on the reverse reads: CUADROS Y PINTURAS / LA / VENECIA / O’REILLY 54 / HABANA
Cuban born Gabriel Castano, formerly a night-watchman, was discovered and supported by Grant and Jane Mason, the former an assistant manager for Pan Am in Cuba, and Ernest Hemingway. Jane Mason organized an exhibition of Castaño's paintings at the Arden Gallery in New York in 1933. The Masons also built a seaside mansion on the outskirts of Havana for which they commissioned a number of paintings from Castaño.